During the last legislative session in Texas, when the fracking disclosure bill was submitted, I warned that this weak disclosure bill would confuse the public into believing they were protected when they weren’t.
I was right.
The media failed the public interest when, despite my protests, they continually proclaimed the Texas bill as full disclosure.
- Industry is allowed to keep chemicals secret under the trade secret loophole.
- Through August of this year, industry has kept about 19,000 dirty secrets in Texas.
- Nationwide one of every five fracking chemicals was kept secret under the trade secret loophole.
- Texas has more than five dirty fracking secrets on each well.
- Halliburton and Baker Hughes, fracking giants, kept nine dirty fracking secrets per well.
- Prize winner – Superior Well Services kept more than 32 dirty fracking secrets per well.
- One out of every seven fracking ingredients pumped into 3,639 wells was kept secret in Texas.
- With no explanation, Texas operators failed to disclose information in 5,000 instances. Add these 5,000 increases the average of dirty fracking secrets per well from five to seven.
- Nationally companies failed to disclose 22% of the time.
- Oklahoma had the most dirty fracking secrets.
- Baker Hughes averaged 9.1 dirty fracking secrets
- Halliburton averaged 9.3 dirty fracking secrets.
- Superior Well Services averaged 32.5 dirty fracking secrets.
- American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) uses the Texas disclosure bill as model legislation.
- It would be “a horrible mistake” for other states to use the Texas bill as a blueprint ~Lon Burnam.
- Elizabeth Aimes Jones learned nothing from her recent political trouncing.
Frack Secrets by Thousands Keep U.S. Clueless on Wells
By Ben Elgin, Benjamin Haas & Phil Kuntz – Nov 29, 2012
Also see FracUNfocusED where Dory connects some dots.