Wyoming Will Beef Up Fracking Chemical Disclosure Rules

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (January 26, 2015, 2:52 PM EST) -- The Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission on Friday agreed to heighten its standards when considering industry requests to keep fracking chemicals information secret, resolving a lawsuit filed by environmentalists who wanted more disclosures.

Under a settlement agreement with the Powder River Basin Resource Council, Wyoming Outdoor Council, Earthworks, and the Center for Effective Government, the commission will begin requiring greater factual support for oil and gas industry claims that fracking chemicals used in Wyoming qualify as trade secrets or confidential commercial information and are exempt from state public disclosure requirements.

The groups' lawsuit challenged state regulators' decisions to withhold the...

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