Fracking in CO: Full Disclosure of Chemical Contents Required, Extraction Procedures Unchanged
It required intense negotiations between oil and gas companies and environmentalists, but Colorado now has the most comprehensive fracking-fluid disclosure rule in the country; this new rule requires drillers to disclose all the chemicals in hydraulic fracturing and their concentrations.
According to Grist, “The disclosure of [the chemicals in fracking] gets at two very serious concerns posed by fracking: 1) when fracking pollution occurs in groundwater, in streams, or on land, the public should be able to connect that pollution back to the fracking chemicals that caused it, and 2) it will allow landowners to test their wells and groundwater prior to fracking, and then re-test after fracking to check for fracking pollution.”
“Importantly, the new rules substantively removed the “trade secret loophole” that was proposed in the original version of the rules that would have allowed frackers to not disclose the names of the chemicals in fracking fluids by saying those chemicals were “trade secrets.”
And although drillers in Colorado will have to disclose the chemical components in fracking concentrations, “these new rules do nothing to stop or slow down fracking, do nothing to address the fracking pollution that’s already occurred, and do nothing to directly protect water, land, wildlife, or people from oil and gas pollution and fracking. These rules simply allow the chemicals to be named and tested for after the poisoning and pollution may have occurred.”