"U.S.: Disclose Fracking Chemicals on Public Land"

"The Obama administration said Thursday it will require companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The new "fracking" rule replaces a draft proposed last year that was withdrawn amid industry complaints that federal regulation could hinder an ongoing boom in natural gas production.

The new draft rule relies on an online database used by Colorado and 10 other states to track the chemicals used in fracking operations. FracFocus.org is a website formed by industry and intergovernmental groups in 2011 that allows users to gather well-specific data on thousands of drilling sites."

The Associated Press had the story May 16, 2013.


"Proposed 'Fracking' Rules Anger Environmentalists, Annoy Industry" (National Journal)

"Potential New Fracking Rules Worry Green Groups" (US News)

"Interior Department Offers New Rules for 'Fracking'" (Los Angeles Times)

Source: AP, 05/17/2013