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UK Fracking Companies Must Disclose Chemicals

Oil and gas companies in the UK must disclose all the chemicals used in the fracking process, per new legislation adopted by parliament, the Guardian reports.

Ken Cronin, chief executive of the industry group UK Onshore Oil and Gas, told the Guardian the new requirements were already being observed voluntarily. “The industry has consistently said it would carry out baseline monitoring. We announced in February 2013 that the industry would make public all fluids used. We also announced in 2013 a memorandum of understanding with water companies to proactively address the issues.”

Fracking companies in the US are also increasingly under pressure to reveal chemicals used.

The EPA’s proposed rules requiring companies to disclose the composition of chemicals used in fracking will lead to lost jobs and increased product risk, according to comments submitted to the agency by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates.

The organization also says the EPA is duplicating reporting requirements because voluntary initiatives between manufacturers, in collaboration with local state and federal agencies — such as FracFocus — are under way.

 

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