In North Carolina, Halliburton and other fracking industry interests helped write a fracking chemical disclosure bill. But when that bill ended up requiring disclosure of harmful chemicals to the state environmental agency, the bill was killed and replaced with one that further limited disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking.http://ecowatch.com/...
Emails and meeting schedules from members of the North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission reveal how various fracking companies and national lobby groups, including America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), Energy in Depth (EID), Halliburton and Koch Industries, influenced the Mining and Energy Commissioners, in regards to disclosure of chemicals used in fracking.
Documents obtained by Greenpeace include correspondence between George Howard (NC Mining and Energy Commissioner) and various representatives of the oil and gas industry during the creation of the first chemical disclosure bill. Howard had multiple meetings with the American Petroleum Institute (API) and spoke with high-ranking members of ANGA. Howard specifically requested help from EID, an oil and gas front group run by the PR firm FTI Consulting and funded by the fracking industry. Howard asked Steve Everley, the spokesman for EID and an FTI Consulting operative, to help him prepare for a MEC meeting on chemical disclosure.
Here is an email from Bowen Heath, a lobbyist for both Halliburton and Koch Industries, to George Howard:
Heath is essentially saying, "Please find the attached bill to pass."
It turns out even this bill was unacceptable to Halliburton, as it required disclosure of all chemicals to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. It was replaced by a bill with even fewer regulations. The new bill has just passed through the Mining and Energy Committee, and awaits a vote by the full NC legislature.
Bleh. Very glad Greenpeace was able to uncover this collusion.