Environment & Energy
7:03 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Feds Consider Rules For Fracking Chemical Disclosure

Workers at a hydraulic fracturing site in Susquehanna County.
Workers at a hydraulic fracturing site in Susquehanna County.
Credit Marie Cusick / StateImpact Pennsylvania

The federal government is considering whether it should require companies to disclose the chemicals involved in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it is seeking public comments, a pre-curser to the more formal rule-making process. However, there is no guarantee that the EPA will draft regulations.

In the meantime, here’s what the agency says it wants to hear from the public:

  • What information about chemicals involved in hydraulic fracturing should be reported.
  • How that information should be reported, whether through regulation or on a voluntary basis or some combination of both
  • What might incentivize companies to disclose chemical information or develop safer formulas
  • How to minimize the costs and burdens of these reporting requirements and avoid duplicating efforts by states and other agencies

Read more of this report at the website of our partner StateImpact Pennsylvania.