The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission held a public meeting in Denver this morning to discuss draft regulations on hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure. Environmental groups have criticized the draft rules, which include a proprietary exemption allowing firms to protect trade secrets. The Heartland Institute published a Research & Commentary on this issue on November 22, 2011.
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“Environmental groups are trying to create a controversy where none exists. A narrowly tailored proprietary exemption encourages innovation in the sector and protects the industry from frivolous lawsuits. Colorado regulators have crafted a reasonable proposal and should move forward with their regulations as they have been drafted.”
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