Tentative Approval For Texas Fracking Disclosure Bill

The Texas House gave tentative approval to a bill on Wednesday that would require gas companies to publicly disclose the chemicals they use in the controversial drilling process commonly known as "fracking."

State Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, the bill's sponsor, called it a "landmark piece of legislation" that would "establish a clear model for other states to follow."

The legislation would pertain to drillers engaged in hydraulic fracturing, a method that involves shooting a high-pressure concoction of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to extract gas from shale rock. It would require them to disclose the hazardous chemicals, and ...

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