Volume 93 Issue 11 | pp. 13-14
Issue Date: March 16, 2015

Cover Stories: Figuring Out Fracking Wastewater

Uneven State Rules And Trade Secrets Fuel Fracking Debate

Requirements for how industry discloses chemicals in fracking fluids vary state to state
Department: Science & Technology, Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: hydraulic fracturing, fracking, fracking fluids, chemical disclosure, Halliburton, EPA, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, FracFocus

A brew of state activity, federal inaction, industry interests, and environmental concerns is bubbling over in response to public demands for more information about the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Fueling the debate is the oil and gas industry’s refusal to reveal the identity of the substances in fracking fluids.

Fracking, an unconventional oil and gas recovery method, involves injecting large volumes of fluid deep underground to break up tight rock formations to extract hydrocarbons. . . .

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