The recent move by North Carolina Senate to approve a bill that bans disclosure of chemicals used in the fracking process goes against public interest, said a spokesperson for EarthJustice.
The bill was created on the basis of protecting the trade secrets of the energy firms, though it will be available in case of emergency to doctors and fire chiefs, reported Voice of Russia. North Carolina is currently wooing energy firms to invest in the state’s nascent oil and gas sector.
“Any bill that shields basic information about chemicals used by the oil and gas industry does not have the public interest in mind,” said Jessica Ennis, Senior Legislative Representative for EarthJustice.”The full impact oil and gas development have on our public health, air, water and lands are still unknown because this industry hides behind a veil of secrecy.”
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a technique of tapping oil or gas trapped in underground shale rocks by blasting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals in order to release the trapped oil or natural gas. This method has generated controversy, with environmentalists saying it pollutes groundwater sources and air quality, and that it is harmful to human health.
Currently, the federal government is yet to come up with its own regulations to govern fracking, leaving the task of setting the rules to local authorities. Recently, Santa Cruz County in California became the first county to ban fracking last week.
However, looking at the trend, one particular feature is that US fracking rules have started becoming mellower as energy firms carry the day. Recently, fracking industry lobbyists successfully convinced Ohio lawmakers to reverse Gov. John Kasich’s effort to have fracking waste analyzed by the state Department of Health, which has sufficient expert knowledge to handle the task. Currently, Ohio processes large amounts of radioactive fracking waste, most of which come from neighbouring states. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at firstname.lastname@example.org