Congress is considering legislation this week that would require oil and gas companies to disclose which chemicals they pump into the ground to extract oil from shale.
A bill called the “FRAC Act,” or the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act, challenges a previous court ruling that the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing are a trade secret. Brad Powell with Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development says the legislation would require the companies to comply with the
Clean Water Act.
The Interior Department is expected to update its fracking regulations sometime this month.