Toxins Report Not Expected To Slow Fracking Pace

Law360, New York (April 19, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT) -- A new congressional report that shines a spotlight on the many toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing may help bring about limited regulatory changes, but experts expect natural gas drilling to continue largely unabated.

The report, issued Saturday by Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Diana DeGette, D-Colo., found that the 14 leading oil and gas service companies had used more than 2,500 hydraulic fracturing products containing 750 chemicals and other components from 2005 to 2009.

Two hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, products contained hydrofluoric acid,...
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