NC Bill Would Criminalize Disclosure Of Fracking Chemicals

Law360, New York (May 19, 2014, 2:54 PM EDT) -- North Carolina state lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would criminalize disclosing chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, declaring that any individual who intentionally releases confidential fracking data shall be guilty of Class I felony charges.

The Energy Modernization Act, or S786, targets those who knowingly or negligently release information about substances used by oil and gas companies during the fracking process, calling for a felony conviction as well as leaving them open to civil action for damages.

The bill comes as the state's Mining and Energy Commission works on finalizing hydraulic fracturing regulations. The state assembly overrode then-Gov. Beverly Perdue's...

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