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Shale Advisors Call for Disclosure of Chemicals

(Nov. 10, 2011) - The chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing to extract shale natural gas should be disclosed by drilling operations, a federal advisory committee said.

In its final report, the Dept. of Energy's advisory subcommittee on shale also said diesel fuel should not be used in fracking, a common name for the process. In fracking, chemical-laden water is injected thousands of feet below the surface to extract small pockets of natural gas.

In addition the report called on regulators and the industry to measure and report on water quality issues, including the deposition of waste water laden. It called for a study of whether methane is seeping into to drinking water due to the fracking process. For more information, see our shale gas page.

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