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Shale drillers must make toxic chemicals list available

Published: Mon, September 30, 2013 @ 12:03 p.m.

Shale drillers must make toxic chemicals list available

COLUMBUS (AP) — A list of toxic chemicals used by Ohio shale drillers must be made available locally to governments, first responders and residents under a new state directive.

Ohio officials notified companies that a federal chemical disclosure law trumps a 2001 state law requiring that the information only be filed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday. The state gave companies until Sept. 21 to begin complying with the federal law.

The guidance affecting the state’s burgeoning hydraulic fracturing industry follows an April letter in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made clear that Ohio’s chemical-reporting laws don’t supersede federal right-to-know requirements.

The letter came in response to a complaint by a coalition of environmental and community groups involving a January chemical emergency near St. Marys in Auglaize County.

The reporting change will benefit residents in areas of Ohio where fracking is abundant, said Teresa Mills, whose Center for Health, Environment and Justice spearheaded the complaint.

“They can go to their local emergency planning commission and ask for these records,” she told the newspaper.

The federal right-to-know law allows oil and gas companies to shield some chemicals from the inventories it releases as trade secrets. Among chemicals used in the process that may be listed are: ethylene glycol, which can damage kidneys; formaldehyde, a known cancer risk; and naphthalene, a possible carcinogen.


1RustOnMyBelt(172 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This is a step in the right direction. How about a show of faith from these oil giants: How about paying for yearly water well testing for residents in the region? Just don't say that it would not be cost effective for them to do so. They have the money....they HAVE THE MONEY..

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2JoeFromHubbard(1776 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

When the average citizen gets the list, there will be a lot of instant chemical engineers in the news.

They will proclaim the death and destruction of the environment from things about which they have not the faintest clue.

This will add to the entertainment currently provided by the fracophobics.

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376Ytown(1344 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

What does133 tons of chemicals (including 65 tons of unknown chemicals) from a frac site look like:


Also: Between 2005 and 2009, the 14 oil and gas service companies used more than 2,500
hydraulic fracturing products containing 750 chemicals and other components.

Overall, these companies used 780 million gallons of hydraulic fracturing products in their fluids between 2005 and 2009. This volume does not include water that the companies added to the fluids at the well site before injection. The products are comprised of a wide range of chemicals. Some are seemingly harmless like sodium chloride (salt), gelatin, and citric acid. Others could pose a severe risk to human health or the environment.


Plus the proprietary chemical additives that are not disclosed.

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4walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

OH NO! Not ethylene glycol! That stuff kills dogs if ingested because your auto's radiator springs a leak. MY GOD! Napathalene! Have you ever seen what that does to women children and moths? But, we can't do without formaldehyde. What else would we use to preserve unviable tissue masses from abortions that liberals insist on to show students in biology classes?

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