Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Bill allows some hiding of ‘fracking’ chemicals

COLUMBUS — “A state bill backed by Gov. John Kasich that would make oil and gas companies disclose ‘fracking’ chemicals still would keep some of the compounds secret.

…A review of 84 fracturing products listed at the Natural Resources website in November found that 11 contained at least one chemical deemed “proprietary.”

Identified chemicals include naphthalene, which destroys red blood cells, and ethylene glycol, which can damage the kidneys, nervous system, lungs and heart.

Listing fracking ingredients represents just one of many changes Natural Resources officials want to make. They expect a drilling boom in Ohio’s Utica shale, similar to Pennsylvania’s, where more than 5,270 Marcellus shale wells have been drilled since 2006.

The bill would make drillers report groundwater and surface water sources they would tap to help frack wells.

State fees charged on out-of-state shale-well wastewater injected into Ohio disposal wells would increase from 20 cents to $1 per barrel.

It’s unclear how much support the fracking bill has among Senate Republicans, who control the chamber.”

— Spencer Hunt, Columbus Dispatch

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