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Draft rule on hydraulic fracking

On May 4 the Department of Interior released a draft rule that would require companies who utilize hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") when drilling for oil and natural gas to disclose, within 30 days of the fracturing operation, the chemicals they use as part of the process.

The draft rule would also require that companies file reports to verify that "fluids used in wells during fracturing operations are not escaping;" and that they have established a water management plan in the event that chemical fluids do escape. 

A 60-day comment period is planned once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register

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