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ALEC in spotlight on fracking disclosure proposals

By Bob Downing Published: May 4, 2012

The American Legislative Exchange Council, better known as ALEC, has been in the spotlight for its support of controversial legislation like Florida's Stand Your Ground provision.

The conservative non-profit  group has been pushing for industry-backed model legislation that lets oil and gas companies muddy the water of fracking chemical disclosure rules, said ProPublica's Cora Currier.

She writes that the model bill was sponsored by ALEC by ExxonMobil through its XTO Energy subsidiary that is a player in Ohio's Utica shale.

ALEC has claimed that legislators in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and Indiana are supporting its model disclosure legislation, she writes.

The states vary greatly as to what chemical disclosure rules they have.

Ohio is tightening up its drilling rules in on-going debate on Senate Bill 315 supported by Gov. John Kasich and by rule-making within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That process is continuing.

You can read the ProPublica story  here.





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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.