“The chemical-disclosure issue has become a proxy for public apprehension with all aspects of hydraulic fracturing…”
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports,
In a belated attempt to soothe public suspicion about shale-gas drilling, state regulators increasingly are forcing natural gas producers to disclose the chemicals used to hydraulically fracture natural gas wells.
Starting Feb. 1, Texas becomes the latest state to require drilling companies to disclose the volumes of chemicals and water they use in “fracking,” which involves the high-pressure injection of chemically treated water and sand deep underground to release entrapped oil and gas.
Texas is the fifth state to require the disclosure of well-by-well data with an online public clearinghouse, FracFocus.org. Colorado, Montana, Louisiana, and North Dakota also require posting of data with FracFocus…