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Fracking Fluid Secrecy Prompts Environmentalist Lawsuit

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Environmental groups Wyoming Outdoor Council, Earthworks, Powder River Basin Resource Council, and OMB Watch has filed a lawsuit against the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission alleging the commission denied requests to allow the public to review ingredients in hydraulic fracturing fluids used in the state. Wyoming has an open records law that requires oil and gas companies to divulge the components in their fracking fluids to state officials. The law does not require public disclosure of trade secrets, which, the groups say, is how the ingredients have been kept out of public eye.

Earthjustice attorney Laura Beaton said, “The law requires that a company provide detailed support for its claim. Unfortunately, the commission has approved almost every trade secret request it has received regardless of how unsupported or overly broad these trade secret requests are,” The Ranger reported.

Tom Doll, the State Oil and Gas Supervisor said the commission has adhered to regulations and law. “Wyoming is the only state to require the operator to submit a plan detailing the chemical additives and receive approval of the well stimulation chemistry prior to doing well stimulation.” Doll also said that drilling companies must track fracking fluids after they have been used and track their storage, disposal, or reuse. disclaimer: This article: Fracking Fluid Secrecy Prompts Environmentalist Lawsuit was posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 8:42 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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