Chemicals restricted in oil and gas fracking
Wyoming (USA) reached a settlement on January 26, 2015 with oil and gas frackers.
Now they have stricter chemical disclosure rules and have to be more transparent.
Some of the chemicals used have been linked to respiratory distress, rashes, convulsions, organ damage and cancer. So Earthjustice, acting on the behalf of represented the Powder River Basin Resource Council, Wyoming Outdoor Council, Earthworks, and the Center for Effective Government, sued the state’s Oil and Gas Commission to demand more transparency and strict rules of chemicals (press release).
As a result of the settlement, companies will have to produce much more documentation when claiming trade secrets and it will easier to ascertain if the commission is acting properly when this is granted.