NC fracking study group tackles disclosure rules

Jan. 22, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

Interest groups hashing out fracking regulations are debating rules on what the public will be told about chemical additives pumped underground and how broad trade secrecy exceptions will be allowed.The group started discussions Tuesday on what drillers must disclose about chemicals used during the process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Talks will involve oil and gas representatives, North Carolina government agencies, environmentalists, and advocates for cities and rural communities.

The starting point for disclosure rules would give drillers months after starting to frack before reporting the chemicals added to water and sand to crack open underground shale rock and release natural gas.

Drillers could withhold the chemicals used as trade secrets. Landowners or state agencies could challenge that designation within two years, with a court deciding valid secrecy claims.

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