Australian State Toughens Fracking Disclosure Standards

Law360, New York (August 29, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT) -- Though shale and coal bed gas development in Western Australia is still years away, the state government unveiled a new set of regulations Wednesday that mandate public disclosure of any chemicals inserted into wells or other formations used to harvest natural gas.

The new rules, dubbed the Petroleum Environment Regulations, give Western Australia — which led the continent's petroleum and mineral resources boom last year — the toughest reporting standards in the country when it comes to unconventional natural gas operations, according to a statement from...
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