Lawmakers press Interior on fracking rule trade secrets provision

“Service companies (and the chemical suppliers they work with) are predominantly the holders of hydraulic fracturing trade secret information because they are typically the ones that develop the innovative technologies and formulas used in the process,” adds Inhofe, a veteran member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Another Capitol Hill letter on the BLM’s proposed rule pushes the other way.

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) says the rule, which would govern fracking on federal lands, makes it too easy to evade the provision that requires disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

Her letter to the BLM says it’s “too simple for claimants to compromise disclosure by seeking trade secret protection for chemicals that do not qualify.

“An effective trade secret claims process requires substantiation of need from the claimant, verification of need by the governing party, and the right to public challenge of a claim,” writes DeGette, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The BLM is still posting the flood of comments it received on proposed rule, which had a public comment period that ended Aug. 23.

The Aug. 23 Inhofe and DeGette comments surfaced in the online docket on Thursday.

E2-Wire covered other comments from other Democrats who say the draft rule is too weak here.