Frac-fluid recipes threaten to become pressure points in benzene litigation

Joseph M. Schreiber Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Houston New requirements for disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing create a very real danger that frac-fluid recipes could become a major issue in personal injury lawsuits, particularly litigation alleging disease from benzene exposure. Over the past year, along with intense media scrutiny and environmental activism, state legislatures have enacted disclosure laws requiring base-level reporting of chemicals in frac fluids. Furthermore, the US Department of the Interior plans to propose disclosure rules for fracing on federal lands. Litigation related to hydraulic fracturing is in its early stages and so far has center...

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