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Jeff Civins in The American Oil & Gas Reporter: EPA To Order Frac Chemical Disclosure
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ratcheted up its scrutiny of hydraulic fracturing by signaling its intent to require companies to disclose information regarding chemical substances and mixtures.
The agency has announced it will propose rules requiring manufacturers and processors of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing to keep records, and to submit those records and health and safety studies, utilizing the broad authority of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which focuses on the distribution and use of chemicals in commerce, rather than on pollution control.
"This action is very significant," says Jeff Civins, an Austin-based partner in Haynes and Boone's environmental practice group. "Historically, oil and gas E&P activities have enjoyed a relatively unique status under environmental laws -- exempted from many requirements, including those related to pollution control.
Excerpt from The Americal Oil & Gas Reporter, January 2012 issue. To view the full article, click the PDF linked below.
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