Can someone tell me what the heck this means?
(3) prescribe a process by which an entity required to comply with Subdivision (1) or (2) may designate certain information, including the identity and amount of a chemical ingredient used in a hydraulic fracturing treatment, as a trade secret for purposes of Section 552.110, Government Code, or, if that section is repealed, for purposes of 40 C.F.R. Part 350, Subpart A;
That was for dramatic effect. I know what it means.
This bill requires that industry list the ingredients and amounts used in fracking on the FracFocus website. Except the stuff they don’t want to disclose, they don’t have to disclose because they can call it a trade secret.
Now, the Sierra Club did insist on an amendment that allows landowners living on or next to the fracked land to submit a challenge to the trade secrets claim with the Attorney General. (The oil and gas industry has given him nearly $3 million in the past few years.)
Forrest Wilder, Texas Observer, tells us that “An amendment tacked onto the bill by Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) allows the frackers to provide less information on non-regulated chemicals.” Thanks a lot, Tan. It’s not like any of your constituents in Flower Mound might need this information or anything.
Oh and, if you’ve already been fracked, you are SOL because they don’t have to disclose jack to you.