New Fracking Fluid Disclosures Weaken Trade Secret Claims

Law360, New York (April 30, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT) -- Oilfield services giant Baker Hughes Inc.'s recent announcement that it will reveal all of the chemical ingredients in its hydraulic fracturing fluids is the latest sign that energy companies are more willing to make that information public and could make it harder for still-hesitant firms to convince regulators that they need trade secret exemptions, experts say.

Baker Hughes said Thursday that the disclosures of the chemicals — but not how they're combined with each other — will be made through FracFocus (www.fracfocus.org), the industry-sponsored national fracking chemical registry, joining about 200 operators that voluntarily disclose the contents of their fracking fluids...

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