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Wanna know what’s in that fracking fluid? Tough

Not so hard...
- DB2

Guess you didn't read the Bloomberg Business News article regarding the widespread use of the "Trade Secrets" Loophole embedded in most of the disclosure laws.

According to the Industry shill:

States like Pennsylvania Texas, Colorado, Louisiana and others require operators to submit a chemical disclose through Frac Focus, a national chemical disclosure registry for oil & gas exploration founded by the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission....

Roughly 99.9% of the fracturing fluid is water and sand, the rest is a blend of common chemicals that are a part of our everyday lives – or as the Groundwater Protection Council indicated essentially “soap.”

It's incredible how the oil & gas industry evades disclosing what it's doing, using the cover of loophole-ridden laws to baldly misrepresent the truth.

Here's the Bloomberg article:

Fracking Secrets by Thousands Keep U.S. Clueless on Wells

A year-old Texas law that requires drillers to disclose chemicals they pump underground during hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” was powerless to compel transparency for EXP- F0173-11. The solvent and several other ingredients in the product are considered a trade secret by Superior Well Services, the Nabors subsidiary. That means they’re exempt from disclosure.

Drilling companies in Texas, the biggest oil-and-natural gas producing state, claimed similar exemptions about 19,000 times this year through August, according to their chemical- disclosure reports.

Nationwide, companies withheld one out of every five chemicals they used in fracking, a separate examination of a broader database shows.

Trade-secret exemptions block information on more than five ingredients for every well in Texas, undermining the statute’s purpose of informing people about chemicals that are hauled through their communities and injected thousands of feet beneath their homes and farms...“This disclosure bill has a hole big enough to drive a Mack truck through,” Burnam says of the law, which he called “much compromised legislation.”“Is it meaningless because there are so many exemptions?” he asked. “I’m afraid it may be.”

The Texas disclosure bill marks a growing effort by the oil and gas industry to address public concerns about fracking, a drilling technique in which millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to free up more hydrocarbons. While the method has unlocked vast new sources of energy, safety questions center on the hundreds of chemicals used -- many of them known carcinogens. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has little authority to regulate fracking; Congress decided in 2005 that the bureau wouldn’t oversee the practice.

In August, the largest well-servicing companies that worked in Texas withheld the most information about frack jobs. Wells serviced by Halliburton and Houston-based Baker Hughes (BHI) Inc., the second- and third-largest oilfield services companies respectively, contained more than nine secrets per well according to reports filed by the companies. Frack jobs by Superior Well Services, the Nabors subsidiary, omitted the most information with more than 32 secrets per well.

The law, signed by Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, in June 2011, requires companies to disclose their fracking chemicals on FracFocus, a national website that the energy industry helped create in 2011 to allow for voluntary disclosure. Bloomberg News reported in August that more than 40 percent of wells fracked in eight major drilling states last year had been omitted from the voluntary site.

Several other states that require disclosure of fracking chemicals, including Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico and North Dakota, also leave it up to energy companies to determine what chemicals can be labeled secrets. North Dakota’s rule requires companies to report fracking chemicals to FracFocus, beginning last April.

The FracFocus website states that chemicals should be disclosed unless they’re a trade secret, as defined by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The operators of FracFocus, which is supported by funds from the industry, don’t check trade-secret claims or offer a way to challenge an exemption.

The 19,000 trade-secret claims made in Texas this year through August hid information that included descriptions of ingredients as well as identification numbers and concentrations of the chemicals used. Overall, oil and gas companies withheld information on about one out of every seven ingredients they pumped into 3,639 wells.

Nationally, companies claimed trade secrets or otherwise failed to identify the chemicals they used about 22 percent of the time, according to a Bloomberg News analysis of FracFocus data for 18 states.

Recently, more states are following the Texas model -- with an assist from industry. In December 2011, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a Washington-based public policy organization that brings together corporations and legislators to craft bills for states, adopted model legislation that is almost identical to the Texas rule.

The model bill was sponsored inside ALEC by Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), which also advises the council from a seat on its “private enterprise board,” according to ALEC documents obtained by Common Cause, a nonprofit group in Washington.

Ah, yes. The oil & gas industry staunchly supports "disclosure" laws that allow the industry to evade disclosing the chemicals they are using. In addition, the Congress ensures there will not be effective oversight.
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