Proposed VA Law Would Protect Frack Chemical Trade Secrets

We have to chuckle. It was just two months ago, in November 2016, that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved changes to environmental regulations that requires “mandatory disclosure of fracking chemicals, baseline water testing and monitoring, and spill prevention and response planning” (see Virginia Adopts New Frack Chemical Regs – Fracking to Begin?). In other words, drillers would have to disclose all fracking chemicals. While leftie Big Green groups love the new rules, the drilling industry set about to ensure trade secrets (exact combinations of chemicals) can’t be discovered by using Freedom of Information Act laws. Two new bills have already been introduced in the Virginia legislature this year–House Bill (HB) 1678 HB 1679 (copies below)–that will ensure trade secrets are kept safe. Big Green groups like the Southern Environmental Law Center are having a cow, claiming death and destruction await if the bills are passed…

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