Swift Adoption Of Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule Lauded

December 21st, 2011

Leading environmental group calls public disclosure of hydraulic fracturing fluids “smart public policy and in the best interest of all Texans, industry”

AUSTIN, TX (Dec. 13, 2011)—The following statement on the Texas Railroad Commission’s adoption of the rule requiring disclosure of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing may be attributed to David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters:

“The Texas League of Conservation Voters appreciates the Railroad Commission’s leadership and swift action in adopting a public disclosure rule on hydraulic fracturing fluids that embodies elements of greater transparency and accountability.

“It’s in every Texan’s best interest for our state to move closer to a more complete understanding of the impact and public health implications of hydraulic fracturing fluids used in natural gas production.   We’re especially pleased to see the inclusion of non-MSDS chemicals on Frac Focus.

“In a state where oil and gas are king and the energy industry is quite powerful, it might come as a surprise that hydraulic fracturing disclosure would garner the sort of broad-based, bipartisan support it has amassed and to see the swift action by our state’s oil and gas regulators today; instead, I think it is a testament to the far-reaching implications of this rule and the general public’s heightened concerns over safer drilling practices.”

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