Kansas’ corporation-regulating body is considering new rules to require companies disclose some information about what chemicals they inject into the ground for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” wells, the Associated Press reported Monday.
Under the proposed rules, companies would have to submit information about each injected chemical to a public state registry, or to the FracFocus.org database. If the company considers the chemical a trade secret, however, this rule does not apply.
In some states, fracking rules stipulate that trade secret information can be withheld from the public, but must be provided to the state regulatory body. In the event of a spill or other emergency, the state agency would have information about the proprietary mix of chemicals on hand, though they would still remain confidential to the public.
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