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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Today's lesson in irony

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering introducing new regulations that would require companies to disclose the composition of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is warning that such a rule could jeopardise the trade secrets of its members, which include small businesses that manufacture chemicals used in oil and gas exploration.
Use FracFocus, goes the industry mantra - despite the obvious and well-documented shortcomings of that reporting mechanism.

Yet major hydraulic fracturing company Baker Hughes - starting today -
has implemented a new policy of disclosing 100% of the chemistry contained within its hydraulic fracturing fluid systems, without the use of any trade secret designations.
Baker Hughes' action - even though they are using FracFocus for disclosure - is exemplary, and so far singular.  The rest of the industry, in taking a social-license-to-operate-be damned stance,  justifies public suspicion of fracking and hampers better understanding of actions needed to minimize risks to public health and the environment from unconventional oil and gas development.

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