NC fracking rule pulled after Halliburton objects
RALEIGH (AP) — A new rule set for approval by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission requiring some disclosure of fracking chemicals has been withdrawn at the request of industry giant Halliburton.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that the state commission had been set to vote on the new rule Friday. The standard spells out which chemicals fracking operators must publicly disclose when drilling natural gas wells.
But commissioners were surprised to learn the rule was pulled from their agenda so that it could be reworked by staff at the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Halliburton says regulations requiring disclosure of chemicals pumped into the ground during drilling would reveal trade secrets. Landowners and environmentalists worry about the potential for groundwater and well contamination.