Trade secret exemptions in draft hydraulic fracturing rules should include oilfield service contractors, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., has written in a letter to the Department of the Interior. "Service companies [and the chemical suppliers they work with] are predominantly the holders of hydraulic fracturing trade secret information because they are typically the ones that develop the innovative technologies and formulas used in the process," Inhofe wrote. However, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., raised concern about the provision, which she says would make it "too simple for claimants to compromise disclosure by seeking trade secret protection for chemicals that do not qualify."

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