The Interior Department faces competing Capitol Hill pressures over how often it should allow oil-and-gas drillers to avoid disclosure of “fracking” chemicals by claiming they’re trade secrets.Read the whole article here.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), in a letter to Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), says trade secret exemptions in draft hydraulic fracturing regulations should be expanded.
He wants the rule to ensure that oilfield service contractors, not just oil-and-gas companies, can directly use trade secret exemptions in the planned BLM rules.
“BLM is effectively eliminating trade secret protection for the vast majority of companies that need it – the service companies,” he writes in comments on the proposed rule.
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