The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC), one of the largest Marcellus Shale industry groups in Pennsylvania, has announced that its 250+ members will voluntarily disclose chemicals used in each of their natural gas well sites beginning January 1, 2012. The measure was adopted by members of MSC at their second annual members' meeting, held earlier this week. The well-by-well chemicals will be listed on a national chemical disclosure Web site: FracFocus.org. Currently, this type of disclosure goes above and beyond what is required by Pennsylvania state law. However, a recently introduced PA Senate bill, SB 1226, would amend the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act to legislatively mandate disclosure of fracking fluid components for new wells (see previous post regarding SB 1226 here). SB 1226 was referred to the Senate Committee on Environmental Resources & Energy on August 30, 2011.
Read the MSC Press Release here.
Written/Posted by Tanya J. Cramoy, Research Assistant