They are conducting more tests and it may be next week before results are released.
In the meantime, there is not one good reason for the oil and gas industry to have exemptions from our federal environmental statutes. See sample resolutions that your city, county, or organization can adopt asking that the industry exemption be removed.
Really, does the industry need to keep the chemicals a secret?
UPDATE: Pro Publica has picked up this story.
The problem is that both Chesapeake and its contractor doing the work Schlumberger, say that a lot of these fluids are proprietary, said Otis Randle, regional manager for the DEQ. “It can be an obstacle, but we try to be fair to everybody,” he said. “We try to remember that the products they use are theirs and they need them to make a living.”
The problem is that NO industry should be allowed to “make a living” at the expense of a VITAL resource like water! SHEESH!
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ugh….while I can’t say this is something I wish I’d ever known about I am glad that you’re here Sharon, pointing this stuff out.