March 01, 2015

Mixology 101: Blending Trade Secret Protections and Fracking Chemical Reporting

J. Paul Betzer and Jason B. Brinkley

Whether you live in the East, the Great Plains, the Southwest, or the Rocky Mountain West, the oil and gas industry’s use of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in oil and gas development is something you have likely heard a lot about lately. From New York’s statewide fracking ban to potential political battles in Colorado over proposed ballot initiatives vesting local governments with plenary authority to regulate natural resource development, the industry’s increasing use of this decades-old technique to extract oil and gas within the context of recent advances in horizontal drilling technology has started an energy revolution, and simultaneously engendered a vigorous debate over the perceived mutual exclusivity of energy production and environmental protection.

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