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Bloomberg: EPA Accepts Environmental Petition on Fracking Chemicals
December 8, 2011, 10:55 am
Filed under: News

By Mark Drajem – Nov 23, 2011 3:06 PM ET .

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will weigh rules requiring disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic-fracturing fluids.

Companies such as Halliburton Co. (HAL) and Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB), which supply oil and natural-gas producers, should be required to reveal substances used in the mining technology known as fracking, according to a petition filed with the EPA by the environmental group Earthjustice. In a response posted on its website today, the EPA said it will begin gathering that data.

The EPA will try to provide “aggregate pictures of the chemical substances and mixtures used in hydraulic fracturing,” Stephen A. Owens, an assistant administrator at the agency said in a letter to Deborah Goldberg, an attorney for Earthjustice. “This would not duplicate, but instead complement, the well-by- well disclosure programs of states.”

 Read further at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-23/epa-partially-approves-petition-on-fracking-chemicals.html

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