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Court fight over fracking chemicals in Wyoming

By Bob Downing Published: March 26, 2012

Four eco-groups are asking a court to require the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to disclose information about chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing or fracking, in an effort to help protect the public from exposure to toxic chemicals.

In 2010, Wyoming became the first state to require well operators to disclose the identities of chemicals that are mixed with water and sand and injected into the well during fracking.

But the state commission has approved 50 secrecy requests by gas and oil service companies.

The Powder River Resource Council, Earthworks, Wyoming Outdoor Council, OMB Watch and Earthjustice will file a petition today asking a court to determine if the state commission exceeded its authority and arguing that the companies should reveal the toxic chemicals used.

The request is being handled by Earthjustice, the non-profit environmental law firm.


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