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Senate’s Approval of Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Bill Lauded

May 26th, 2011

Leading environmental group calls public disclosure of hydraulic fracturing fluids used in natural gas production landmark legislation for Texas and the nation

AUSTIN, TX—The following statement on the Senate’s passage of House Bill 3328, a hydraulic fracturing disclosure bill, may be attributed to David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters:

“While not perfect, House Bill 3328 represents a significant step forward in improving natural gas drilling practices.  As a fundamental starting point, there must be transparency and accountability in the process of hydraulic fracturing.   HB 3328 takes that important step as being first-of-its-kind legislation to require the public disclosure of chemicals and substances used in hydraulic fracturing.

“HB 3328 will help us move closer to a more complete understanding of the impact and public health implications of hydraulic fracturing fluids used in natural gas production.

“Texas has an opportunity to be a nationwide leader in this area and set an example for other states to follow.  We hope the House concurs and the Governor does right by Texans and signs this bill that received broad, bipartisan support into law.”

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Released: May 25, 2011

Media contact: David Weinberg, (512) 477-4424