Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Secrecy with Fracking Fluids



Fracking Secrets by Thousands Keep U.S. Clueless on Wells By Ben Elgin, Benjamin Haas & Phil Kuntz - Nov 29, 2012 Propublica http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-30/frack-secrets-by-thousands-keep-u-s-clueless-on-wells.html 


[Excerpted] ....Few people outside Nabors, the largest onshore drilling contractor by revenue, know exactly what’s in that blend. This much is clear: One ingredient, an unidentified solvent, can cause damage to the kidney and liver, according to safety information about the product that Michigan state regulators have on file. 

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....

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

Majia here: The reports on fracking risks never cease while the activity of fracking increases, unregulated, unsupervised, unhealthily...



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