Category Archives: Chemical Disclosure

Pennsylvania Doctor Lacks Standing To Challenge Chemical Disclosure Statute

Middle District PennsylvaniaThe United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has dismissed a doctor’s lawsuit challenging a Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas statute that prohibits doctors from disclosing frac fluid information outside the confines of treatment.  Specifically, in Rodriguez v. Krancer, Plaintiff, a nephrologist,  claimed that Pennsylvania’s chemical disclosure statute– a statute that permits disclosure of the content of frac fluid to a doctor who treats a patient on an emergency basis but, at the same time, restricts the doctor from disclosing said content–…

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Interior Secretary Defends Proposed Fracking Regulations

As reported by Shale Watch, in May 2013 the Department of the Interior issued proposed rules for the federal regulation of fracking.  This week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell defended those proposed regulations before the House Natural Resources Committee. Republican lawmakers opposed to federal regulation of fracking argued that the states are already regulating the industry and are much better suited to do so as they have a more keen understanding of local geology and practices. But Jewell argued that a baseline is necessary because…

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EPA Releases Update On Its Ongoing, Multiyear Study of Hydraulic Fracturing

The EPA released a 275 page update on its continuing study of hydraulic fracturing.  By way of background, Congress directed the EPA to study the potential environmental effects from hydraulic fracturing. The  EPA’s report indicates that the focus of the study is on drinking water in five major contexts  (e.g., impact from large volume water removal for use in hydraulic fracking process; spills on or near well pads; effects during injections to break up rock, removal; processing and storage of wastewater; and potential for migration…

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Republican Attorneys General Object to Department of Interior Proposed Regulations

In a strongly worded Letter to President Obama, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt are the latest to request that the federal government rescind its latest proposed regulations for fracking on federal and Indian lands.  The proposed rules, promulgated by the Department of the Interior in July, were strongly and vocally opposed by the oil and gas industry and by others as being too restrictive and because they would have a detrimental impact on business.   Among the most controversial…

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Utah Regulations Include Chemical Disclosure Requirements

 On October 24, Utah passed regulations which require chemical disclosures related to fracking.  The companies are to report the type and amount of chemicals used to the non-profit orginization Ground Water Protection Council-run Web site, www.fracfocus.org.   Pursuant to the regulations which have already taken affect, companies have 60 days to report the chemicals after operations are completed. Utah has consequently joined a number of other states that have required chemical disclosures.  Unlike those states, such as Texas, however, there are no explicit trade secret exemptions…

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