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Eco-groups appealing judge's fracking secrecy ruling

By Bob Downing Published: April 19, 2013

From the Associated Press:

Wyoming environmental groups are appealing a district judge's decision that ingredients used in fracking can be protected under the state's trade secrets law.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Wednesday the group, which includes the Powder River Basin Resource Council and the Wyoming Outdoor Council, appealed the decision by Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process wherein water, chemicals and sand are pumped below ground to break rock and free trapped oil and natural gas.

In March, Wilking sided with energy industry attorneys who argued reverse engineering and industry competition make proprietary information worth protecting. A date for possible arguments before the Wyoming Supreme Court has not been set.



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