Drilling firms defend secrecy of fracking chemicals

08/28/2011 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Oil and natural gas drillers continue to insist that some chemical formulations used in hydraulic fracturing fluids are trade secrets, despite initiatives by various states to employ increased disclosure measures. In Pennsylvania, firms can designate some components as secret without a state review, while Arkansas and Wyoming continue to sort rules on the disclosure of such chemicals. The American Petroleum Institute, however, is in favor of full disclosure requirements, said API Upstream Director Erik Milito.

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