Deal requires Wyoming fracking trade-secret justification

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  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2015 9:25 a.m.

    This is a positive development. No one would tolerate a company dumping unknown chemicals on the ground surface behind the smokescreen of trade secrets. Why should dumping chemicals in deep strata be any different? It could be argued that underground disposal should require even more disclosure than surface storage or dumping. Materials on the surface are accessible and their movement predictable. Underground materials are inaccessible and their behavior with respect to migration would be very difficult to understand. If fracking chemicals reached an aquifer, it would be much harder and more expensive to remediate than a surface spill. It follows that regulatory authorities should at least know what the chemicals pumped underground are.

    As I interpret the article, the agreement doesn't prevent a company from claiming that the identity of the chemicals is proprietary, only that they have to justify the claim. That still leaves an opening for secrecy.