October 31, 2014

WY Court Rejects Fracking Industry Argument to Withhold Chemicals As Trade Secrets

Litigation continues to better identify the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing
By Earth Justice, March 12, 2014

Today, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued its decision in a case where Powder River Basin Resource Council and other groups challenged the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission’s withholding of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) chemical … Continue reading

Known Risks in LPG Caverns Hidden from Public

The company that wants to use old wells to store explosive natural gas products seeks to bury unsettling geological facts
By Peter Mantius, The Leader, October 16, 2013

A major rock fault cuts through the cluster of old salt wells under the western hillside that rises from Seneca Lake three … Continue reading

Drillers Silence Fracking Claims With Sealed Settlements

Because agreements [with frackers] are almost always shrouded by non-disclosure pacts…no one can say for sure how many there are
By Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Mark Drajem, Bloomberg.com, June 6, 2013

The companies insisted hydraulic fracturing — the technique they used to free underground gas — wasn’t the cause. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

Colorado Docs Chafe at Secrecy Oath Needed for Access to Chemical List

Doctors challenge confidentiality pledge.
By Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, March 20, 2013

This is identical to the medical gag order in Pennsylvania’s Act 13 which is currently being challenged.

Colorado doctors are challenging a confidentiality pledge they must sign to get information on chemicals used by the oil and … Continue reading

Chesapeake to Pay $1.6 Million for Contaminating Water Wells in Bradford County

The case may be the first Mar­cel­lus con­t­a­m­i­na­tion law­suit to get resolved with­out a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment
By Susan Phillips, StateImpact Pennsylvania, June 21, 2012

Chesa­peake Energy has agreed  to pay $1.6 mil­lion in dam­ages to three fam­i­lies in Wyalus­ing, Brad­ford County. The case may be the first Mar­cel­lus con­t­a­m­i­na­tion law­suit … Continue reading

How the Fracking Industry Keeps its Secrets

Nondisclosure agreements prevent doctors and researchers from gathering valuable data on the health and environmental impacts of fracking.
By Mike Ludwig, Truthout.org, May 17, 2012

The “Rogers” family signed a surface-use agreement with a fracking company in 2009 to close their 300-acre dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania. That’s not the … Continue reading