Texas Could Become First To Disclose Fracking Fluids

AUSTIN (AP) – A legislative committee is considering a bill that would make Texas the first state to demand gas drillers make public the chemicals they use to shatter and permeate thick rock formations.

The bill has been presented by state Rep. Jim Keffer, a Republican who chairs the House Energy Committee.

Gas drillers have kept under wraps the mix of water, sand and chemicals they use to extract once out-of-reach minerals from shale formations.

The hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling techniques were developed in Texas. The state is also the nation’s largest oil and gas producer.

Some say passage of a bill in Texas could pave the way for similar legislation nationwide.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Bill T says:

    I thought “Fracking” was a dirty word on Battlestar Galactica.

  2. tim dearman says:

    Long overdue!

  3. David says:

    In my opinion, there should never have been secrecy concerning chemicals pumped into the earth…. we all live downstream from the wells. What was once a fragile symbiosis has been destroyed and abused for special-interest driven economic pursuits.

  4. Kay says:

    Texas leads the way to the poor death house and then thinks they may be great in exposing the damage done?
    To much money against it for it to pass (they don’t work for the people anymore), thus guess this guy needs more kickback bucks in hard times (hope he’s better than that).
    If it does pass do you think they will really tell the truth? State will need to test the chemicals to see if any show up they don’t claim is there.

  5. Sam says:

    Fracking should be outlawed,how many more people have to get sick from this before Texas bans fracking?

  6. Hpfl says:

    Although am happy to see this step being made…I really hope they include the actual amount that is used in the process.
    AND, take another step further, to make absolutely sure there won’t be any questions about self-claimed disclosures by companies, Texas need the federal EPA to check our air periodically!!

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