Does New Interior Draft Put Fracking Data Under Industry Thumb?

February 13, 2013

It's not official. Yet. But hopes that the Interior Department would model transparency for fracking fluid ingredients on leased BLM lands seem to be fading. BLM in January 2013 said it would withdraw the rule on which fracking disclosure fans had placed much hope. Soon after a leaked draft of the replacement rule suggested Interior would leave handling of fracking data to the industry-run "FracFocus" project.

FracFocus has come under criticism by environmental and watchdog groups for being hard to use and incomplete.

FracFocus is not the only third-party effort to give the public data about fracking. One example is a database run by SkyTruth and another is the citizen-run FracTracker Alliance in Ohio.


 

This is one of the stories in the February 13, 2013 issue of SEJ's biweekly WatchDog. Find the rest of the stories and past issues here.