The real frac fear

For disclosure of chemicals injected into the subsurface during the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells, the issue now is timing. The US Department of the Interior proposes to make disclosure occur after fracing on federal land. Environmental groups, ever wary of any concession to the industry and desirous of new ways to impede its work, say disclosure should occur before the procedure. Timing of disclosure will receive its due airing before Interior publishes a final regulation. That the department is even performing this work, however, shows timing is really a side issue. Much more important was disclosure's past contribution to the fear in which federal initiatives in this area n...

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