Potential Criminal Penalties for Disclosure of Fracking Fluid Trade Secrets

Unknown-1The North Carolina legislature has introduced  a bill …that, among other things, would impose criminal penaties to those persons that publicly disclose fracking chemicals that are deemed trade secrets.   There are numerous exceptions to the bill, such as allowing doctors and first responders to obtain such trade secret information during emergencies.    In most jurisdictions that permit and regulate hydraulic fracturing, a number of chemical ingredients are recognized as industry trade secrets exempt from public disclosure.   North Carolina’s proposed law is among the most progressive in protecting the industry’s trade secrets.  Notably, however, the bill
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This Week’s Top Legal Related Fracking News

  • 136000087456h8zColorado public finances bolstered by oil and gas taxes and fees (Denver Post)
  • Santa Cruz County bans fracking (Reuters)
  • North Carolina Senate passes fracking laws, sending to the house (Fayotville Observer)
  • EPA initates public rulemaking on chemical fluid reporting (National Law Review)
  • New York senator introduces bill seeking to ban wastewater from being transproted into the state.  (Think Progress)
  • Pennsylvania rabbit breeder sues energy company over low flying helicopters.  (Allentown Morning News)

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EPA Seeks Public Comment on Potential Disclosure Rules for Fracking Fluids

public comment Late last week, the Obama administration announced first steps that could result in tighter regulation of fracking, seeking public comment for 90 days on whether it should require chemical manufacturers to disclose the contents of fracking fluids injected into shale seams. The “advanced notice of proposed rulemaking” came in response to a petition by the environmental group Earthjustice, which had asked the EPA to require chemical manufacturers and processors to publish detailed information about the content of fluids used in fracking. James Jones, the EPA’s assistant…
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This Week’s Top Fracking Related Legal News

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Texas Jury Awards $2.95 Million To Texas Homeowners

UnknownA jury in a Texas hydraulic fracturing case rendered a $2.95 million verdict to homeowners who claimed that an energy company’s fracking activities contaminated their drinking water.   Essentially, the 6 member jury, voting 5-1, found that the energy company’s activities were “intentional” thereby creating a “private nuisance” under Texas law. The nuisance claim was the only count on the verdict form.  The original Complaint asserted numerous other claims against the defendant.   According to the Verdict Form…, $275,000 of the total verdict related to claimed lost market
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