Hocus Pocus! Decades too late: Canadian regulator, the National Energy Board, asks for fracking fluid info, but not drilling additives which can be more toxic than frac chemicals

Canadian regulator asks for fracking fluid info by UPI, February 5, 2014
The National Energy Board in Canada is asking energy companies to submit information about hydraulic fracturing fluid 30 days after work is completed. [How does anyone – owner of domestic water well or municipality – protect and test their drinking water supply if they do not know what drilling additives and frac chemicals are before the drilling and fracturing?] The NEB, an independent regulator with headquarters in Alberta, said it was asking oil and gas companies operating under pertinent legislation to offer up what’s in their hydraulic fracturing fluids within 30 days of completing an operation. [What about the 176,000 wells hydraulically fractured before now? What about the experimental wells that companies fractured directly into community drinking water aquifers and thousands of wells above the Base of Groundwater Protection, notably those with frac fluids gelled with petroleum distillates such as diesel and kerosene range hydrocarbons as found by the regulator in Rosebud’s municipal drinking water supply and the Ernst water well? Will the NEB ask companies to “offer up” that vital information, so that mothers can find out what they are feeding their babies and bathing them in?]

NEB said Tuesday energy companies are asked to submit information ranging from trade names, purpose and ingredients to the FracFocus.ca website. NEB announced plans for the request in November. Some companies have expressed reservations about the disclosure, saying the makeup of their fracking fluids is a trade secret. [Emphasis added]

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Natural Gas Markets in Transition

Natural Gas Operations from a Public Health Perspective For many years, drillers have insisted that they do not use toxic chemicals to drill for gas, only guar gum, mud, and sand. While much attention is being given to chemicals used during fracking, our findings indicate that drilling chemicals can be equally, if not more dangerous. ]

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