The Department of Energy submitted a report saying that natural gas companies should be required to disclose the chemicals they used for hydraulic fracturing.
The report was created after the Energy Advisory Board Shale Gas Production Subcommittee completed a three-month tour of listening to public concern about drilling. The panel examined the process of hydraulic fracturing across the United States and concluded that industry officials haven't done enough to find out or explain the impact of drilling.
The committee is suggesting the development of a process to trap methane and other fracking byproducts before they're released. It also recommended that gas companies examine their own carbon footprint and use less diesel-fueled machinery, as well as measure water quality before they begin drilling so they can monitor any changes before contaminated water would reach the public. Finally, the committee suggested a 100-foot buffer zone surrounding high-quality water areas.
The changes were inspired by some of the practices currently under way in Pennsylvania, where water is tracked and tested before, during, and after Marcellus Shale drilling.
After listening to the response to the first report, the committee plans to submit a second one.
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