North Carolina GOP Pushes Unprecedented Bill to Jail Anyone Who Discloses Fracking Chemicals

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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, a drilling rig is set up near a barn in Springville, Pa., to tap gas from the giant Marcellus Shale gas field. In an unlikely partnership between longtime adversaries, some of the nation's biggest energy companies and environmental groups announced Wednesday, March 20, 2013 that they have agreed on a voluntary set of standards for gas and oil fracking in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, a drilling rig is set up near a barn in Springville, Pa., to tap gas from the giant Marcellus Shale gas field. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

As hydraulic fracturing ramps up around the country, so do concerns about its health impacts. These concerns have led 20 states to require the disclosure of industrial chemicals used in the fracking process.

North Carolina isn’t on that list of states yet — and it may be hurtling in the opposite direction.

On Thursday, three Republican state senators introduced a bill that would slap a felony charge on individuals who disclosed confidential information about fracking chemicals. The bill, whose sponsors include a member of Republican party leadership, establishes procedures for fire chiefs and health care providers to obtain chemical information during emergencies. But as the trade publication Energywire noted Friday, individuals who leak information outside of emergency settings could be penalized with fines and several months in prison.

“The felony provision is far stricter than most states’ provisions in terms of the penalty for violating trade secrets,” says Hannah Wiseman, a Florida State University assistant law professor who studies fracking regulations.

The bill also allows companies that own the chemical information to require emergency responders to sign a confidentiality agreement. And it’s not clear what the penalty would be for a health care worker or fire chief who spoke about their experiences with chemical accidents to colleagues.

“I think the only penalties to fire chiefs and doctors, if they talked about it at their annual conference, would be the penalties contained in the confidentiality agreement,” says Wiseman. “But [the bill] is so poorly worded, I cannot confirm that if an emergency responder or fire chief discloses that confidential information, they too would not be subject to a felony.” In some sections, she says, “That appears to be the case.”

In February, the Associated Press reported that under Republican Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s top environmental regulators previously thwarted three separate Clean Water Act lawsuits aimed at forcing Duke Energy, the largest electricity utility in the country, to clean up its toxic coal ash pits in the state.

The disclosure of the chemicals used to break up shale formations and release natural gas is one of the most heated issues surrounding fracking. Many energy companies argue that the information should be proprietary, while public health advocates counter that they can’t monitor for environmental and health impacts without it. Under public pressure, a few companies have begun to report chemicals voluntarily.

North Carolina has banned fracking until the state can approve regulations. The bill introduced Thursday, titled the Energy Modernization Act, is meant to complement the rules currently being written by the North Carolina Mining & Energy Commission.

Wiseman adds that, other than the felony provision, the bill proposes disclosure laws similar to those in many other states: “It allows for trade secrets to remain trade secrets, it provides only limited exceptions for reasons of emergency and health problems, and provides penalties for failure to honor the trade secret.”

Draft regulations from the North Carolina commission have been praised as some of the strongest fracking rules in the country. But observers already worry that the final regulations will be significantly weaker. In early May, the commission put off approving a near-final chemical disclosure rule because Haliburton, which has huge stakes in the fracking industry, complained the proposal was too strict, the News & Observer reported.

For portions of the Republican-controlled North Carolina government to kowtow to the energy industry is not surprising. In February, the Associated Press reported that under Republican Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina’s top environmental regulators previously thwarted three separate Clean Water Act lawsuits aimed at forcing Duke Energy, the largest electricity utility in the country, to clean up its toxic coal ash pits in the state. Had those lawsuits been allowed to progress, they may have prevented the February rupture of a coal ash storage pond, which poured some 80,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River.

“Environmental groups say they favor some of the provisions [in the Energy Modernization Act],” Energywire reported Friday. “It would put the state geologist in charge of maintaining the chemical information and would allow the state’s emergency management office to use it for planning. It also would allow the state to turn over the information immediately to medical providers and fire chiefs.”

However, environmentalists point out that the bill would also prevent local governments from passing any rules on fracking and limit water testing that precedes a new drilling operation.


Update: Fracking is pretty much a done deal in North Carolina as this fast-tracked bill flew through the House and Senate on Thursday astonishing Democrats and environmentalists. It’s headed to Gov. McCrory who says he “absolutely” approves the bill and will sign it. Read more at The Raleigh News & Observer »

Molly Redden is a reporter in Mother Jones’ Washington bureau. Previously, she worked for The New Republic, covering energy and the environment and politics and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her work has also appeared in Salon, Washington City Paper and Slate. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and watching too much television. She tweets at @mtredden.
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  • Pete Joachim

    The audacity these legislators have to sponsor such a bill, in clear conflict with the public’s right to now how their very local environment impacts their health, let alone make it a felony, is just beyond belief. So much for more transparency.

  • edmargerum

    Oooh! A law that says if you shall come to know the truth, the discloser will go to prison. What imbecile thought that up. There are issues where secrecy in necessary. Legally concealing potential dangers is a conspiracy against the land and all its creatures including people.

  • Anonymous

    Awrighty then… It’s entirely good and well to use toxic poisonous harmful chemicals (as long as someone’s making money on it), but illegal to identify those chemicals…. You Go, GOP….

  • Lin Sierra

    So much for freedom of speech in N Carolina. It’s the legislators / chemical company executives who deserve a felony conviction, as far as I’m concerned. This is evil.

  • doll

    What these Republicans are trying to do need jail time!!

  • Anonymous

    Criminally insane!

  • Anonymous

    …Wouldn’t it be great if two or three MILLION residents of NC decided to simultaneously go on record as participants in a mass disclosure?
    What are they going to do, prosecute three million people?
    This is just BEGGING for massive civil disobedience.

  • Anonymous

    Watch “Gasland II” and then tell us it does not affect the environment………

  • Mary Carman-Bukhari

    I find this law UNCONSTITUTIONAL, in that the chemicals are hazardous to health, and people are being arrested for using their First Constitutional Right of Freedom of Speech. IF a person uses medical and scientific evidence from reputable resources (e.g., Elsevier, PubMed, WHO.ORG personal medical diagnosis by a physician stating ’cause,’ (e.g., toxic poisoning from chemicals released, etc. to substantiate, they should be permitted to voice the dangers associated with the practice of fracking, which will enable them to promote health awareness in their community. I ‘personally’ feel the Law, and those State Officials & Court Officials who imposed it, should be accountable by Law for holding back ‘IMPORTANT’ HEALTH information that can lead to SERIOUS Health conditions. It is comparable to allowing MERS cases not being reported, or E-coli food recalls, or any ‘other’ pandemic. It is IMPORTANT to note here, that researchers are NOT permitted to get ‘close enough’ to sites, hence, scientists have been ‘personally attacked’ by Oil/Gas Companies, and refute their work The toxins go into the water, plants, etc., but according to PubMed, they go into the ‘air,’ where they can be inhaled. The Democrats of Congressional Committee released a list of toxins: http://8020vision.com/2011/04/17/congress-releases-report-on-toxic-chemicals-used-in-fracking/ You might find of interest too, that ‘water has memory.’ I was looking at several videos on YouTube last evening on this subject, and found the subject/experiments and knowledge quite enlightening, as one would not perceive water to ‘remember.’ Here is a video with the HUGE number of pollutants, including the ‘route’ to your home where you use it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwaNfNcurvQ#t=11 Here is an ‘interesting experiment by a Japanese scientist, who shows what ‘polluted’ water look like under a microscope, and how ‘music’ actually changed it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Moz82i89JAw

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  • anja

    Proposing legsligation like that is an admission of greed & guilt. The know they’re bad but want to prevent people from knowing how bad because it will cost him money. The three should be booted from government if not prosecuted for obstruction.

  • Jim

    Does this sound like the tobacco wars of the past?

  • Anonymous

    Whether you think it’s unconstitutional or not, this already happens all the time in other industries. Quite often, people are required to sign nondisclosure agreements to shut them up, and quite often, those non-disclosure agreements censor real justice. What’s more, there are many laws that already impose such censorship on people as well.

    For example, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act contains a provision that prohibits even mentioning DRM algorithms or schemes (so called “digital locks” to try to prevent copying), or using them in otherwise “unauthorized” cases. The idea behind this is to prevent people from sharing, which I personally don’t agree with as well, but there is a greater issue behind this provision. It censors security research, prohibits format shifting, and stifles competitiveness in the market and innovation.

    It censors security research, because if there is a security flaw in the DRM, hackers can exploit it, and security researches cannot disclose the problem without being subject to a potential lawsuit, meaning many security flaws can go unfixed.

    It prohibits format shifting. Format shifting is moving from one format to another for reasons of interoperability, so you can play your LP on your tape player, since the tape player obviously can’t play LPs. If you had an LP and you wanted it on a tape, you could do that. If you wanted to dub a tape so you had an extra copy for the car, you could do that. Today however, because DVDs and some “fake” CDs contain “DRM” now, merely format shifting them can make you into a criminal.

    It stifles competitiveness and innovation, because, competing computer operating systems, for example, or media players, are now illegal in the US, Canada, and any other country that has such DRM “circumvention law” due to the fact of their ability to play (which isn’t illegal) and more specifically “RIP” and remove DRM from DVDs, just as one example by using the “illegally disclosed” DVD algorithm. This means if you have a GNU/Linux OS on your computer instead of Windows, or if you run VLC Media Player, they are in violation of the law if they have the ability to rip DVDs, regardless of your intentions (many people RIP DVDs so they can watch them on their ROKU or PC, for example).

    It seems insane to censor a mere number, yet that’s exactly what this law does. Simply publishing the algorithm is a crime, A NUMBER, of all things. It’s like outlawing 2+2. If 2+2 was what DVDs used to encrypt their data, then in theory, it would be illegal to mention it.

    So this is yet another example of censorship that can be harmful to society. Not being able to talk about dangerous chemicals is the same thing as silencing people from mentioning a number. However, the MPAA and co. get away with this type of censorship, despite the constitution, even though the constitution has nothing in it supporting censorship of numbers, that is beside the point. These people have no consideration for personal freedom. So if they don’t care about my freedom, why should I care about their so called “legal rights”? I don’t. I really couldn’t care less. If they want to send me to prison, so be it.

    So with that said, I will proudly violate the law now by posting the forbidden number, and if the day comes when I am able to post “secret” chemicals used in fracking that would otherwise be forbidden, I’ll post them publicly too. These chemicals affect everybody’s lives who live in and around fracking facilities, and the DVD DRM algorithm affects everybody who watch a DVD and can potentially put people’s computers at a security risk and limits their freedom to choose competing systems, so it’s only morally right to disclose it, despite government censorship. So here it is:
    09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

  • Anonymous

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  • kermithumphrey1@yahoo.com

    only people who think little of their citizens would dare try to pass this bill if there is a bill

  • Voter 636

    what they are saying is this,,”The spill will happen, when it does do not help fix it, do not warn the public, we will get our money and screw you”

  • Mary R McKeown

    THEY WILL SUPPORT A POLICE STATE and that is what the conservitist corporations want. The Republicans ALWAYS RULE BY FEAR . CORPORATIONS WANT MORE POWER AND CONGRESS GIVES THEM WHAT THEY WANT MONEY GREED VOTE IN NOVEMBER SUPPORT A DRMOCRATIC TICKET

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  • Trumbull Desi

    That would aptly explain the current general assembly in NC. It’s filled with tea pots. It will be interesting to see how this election turns out, as the GA only has two year terms here, and they have seriously ticked off the populace and, in particular, moderate Republicans who are turning away from them in droves.

    So what’s there answer? Pushing a law to extend make GA terms four years. Nope – no crony capitalism there.

  • Anonymous

    Haliburton again.

  • terry printz

    the 1700′s and 1960′s are over my faith in mankind to do the right thing is gone glad i will not live to see the results

  • Anonymous

    It really doesn’t matter what regulations this state imposes hecause there are plenty of states that do or will require that information be public. So suck on that you N.Carolina repuglicans. I hope your families drink the water and suffer the consequences of their actions.

  • Henry Coe Jr

    I think North Carolina voters should pass an Amendment that water can only be pumped out of the ground and not into it. And no other liquids can be pumped into the ground.

  • jc

    Silkwood 2

  • http://twitter.com/MuffinManMPV Muffin Man

    If that isn’t overwhelming incentive to vote Democrat in the next 4 election cycles in NC, I don’t know what is.

  • Sven Johannson

    we can finally say without a doubt in states run by Republicans, that the Oligarchy is alive and well.. & for those that are offended by that truth. how does Fascist State make u feel ? better ? lol nice that we have the truth finally for anyone willing to look at the facts on the ground. .

  • Dan Mac

    Unless they are wealthy, I have no clue.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent point!

  • Anonymous

    Great idea, Sir! Get a grant to pay for a full page ad, rally the troops and don’t let them do this.

  • Anonymous

    That’s exactly why I decided to be childfree……I have too much love for my kids to give birth to them on this planet.

  • Anonymous

    GOp after the Koch brothers, now! They’re the only one to benefit at the cost of your families.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it’s audacious and there is no transparency, and there hasn’t been for a long time…What are you folks going to do about it?

  • JJ042804

    Firefighters and Paramedics and Doctors “have” to know what Chemical they are dealing with otherwise the results could be catastrophic!

  • Anonymous

    A major part of the problem at the recent WV tank farm spill in to the Charleston WV water supply, was the lack of information on the chemical. Even the Materials Safety Data Sheet had way too much “no data available”. http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/Eastman.pdf – there is some industrial exposure guidance, but nothing on being exposed via, for example, a hot shower.

    These Local Emergency Response Plans (LERPS) are required under Sara Title III as a result of Bhopal. First responders should be our best allies on these disclosure requirements.

  • UncleBebop

    What’s new?republicans passing laws to serve their rich masters at the expense of the people….same as it ever was…vote the bums out!

  • UncleBebop

    Hardly the same as poisoning people!

  • Anonymous

    DIdn’t North Carolina recently kill off some Marines and their families at Camp Lejuene with contaminated ground water? I swear, the right-wing in this country is becoming more and more every day like some whacked-out “Jim Jones-Jonestown” kind of “cult”. I’m sick over what they’ve done to my country.

  • Heather

    What the Hell is wrong with people today?? Is it really an issue- truth, honesty and giving a crap about other people and everyone’s right to NOT have another person/company make you sick? Is money so powerful that the elite can simply turn their heads and close their eyes to the consequences of their actions?? There SHOULD BE NO QUESTION OF FREEDOM OF DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION CONCERNING ANY ACTION- EX:FRAKING, OR CHEMICAL (SUCH AS WOULD BE USED FOR ANY GIVIN ACTION)IF LEGITIMATE DOUBT IS RAISED CONCERNING AN ACTION OR SUBSTANCE WHICH COULD BE HARMFUL TO HUMANS AND THE ENVIORNMENT!!!
    I have about 300,000 people here in WV who would warn NC very strongly to proceed with caution!!!

  • Hopeful Villager

    Be careful folks!! It’s not just Republicans. Our Town Board is all Democrats and they represent the bloc that put them in power! Learn about each of the candidates as best you can or learn the hard way after you give them the power!

  • Your1Friend

    1) What are the North Carolina Republicans so afraid of?
    2) Just what is in that fracking fluid that they so eager to keep away from the public?
    3) Why the coverup?
    4) Perhaps there are GMOs in the fracking fluid? (:

    Such patriotism!

  • Your1Friend

    This is what happens when corporations merge with fundamentalist cults. (Of course, fundamentalist cults are themselves corporations).

  • Your1Friend

    I agree. But we Democrats need to get our act together on the fracking issue and many other issues as well.

  • Your1Friend

    Yes. And GMO wars of the present.

  • Your1Friend

    Thanks.

    Such “non-disclosure agreements” are themselves un-Constitutional and accordingly should be illegal as they preempt the First Amendment.

    Sadly, our profoundly obsolete corporate legal regime appears to subvert the Constitution and the Bill of Rights at every turn.

    It is time to change.

  • Your1Friend

    Brilliant and courageous.

    I hope more and more people will love children enough not to have them at this dark time in our history.

  • Your1Friend

    Agreed.

  • Flouher Childress

    A person could make a career of reporting every hairbrained bill any state legislator on the left or the right introduces to pander to their constituents. Slap the local legislators party name on it, and omit any reporting about the legislator’s standing or lack thereof in their statehouse and you have a typical piece of shrill propaganda – classically styled to represent nothing but the truth, the part truth and nothing inconvenient about the truth.

    Never mind that the vast majority of these pander bills never make if past the first committee hearing. They are jobs bills – creating jobs for people who would rather report the chances of being struck by lightening than report the lesser chance these bills might ever make it to even one legislative vote.

  • Anonymous

    I
    really don’t get it. The same people who scream bloody murder (or
    rather, defend bloody murder) over the 2nd amendment have now literally
    introduced legislation in NC to make exercising of the 1st amendment
    rights a felony? *shakes head* What crazy times we live in.

  • sppd

    The only chemicals in tracking fluid are dihydromonoxide and silicone dioxide. One a known corrosive and the other a severe irritant.

  • wb7ptr

    I’m concerned about both the chemical aspects and seismic implications of tracking. If no one has noticed, even our government has noticed a marked increase in small earthquakes in parts of Oklahoma.

  • Anonymous

    If that’s true why are fracking companies so afraid to disclose the contents. My suspicion is that, given that petrol companies also have hazardous waste as a byproduct of distillation and refining, they use this process as a way to dispose of this waste. Very fine if it stays down there, but what if the well lining fails, as it sometimes does? Ground water is too valuable to risk.

  • Anonymous

    Too many things have gone terribly wrong and will continue to do so if this industry is allowed more clout and more secrets. We cannot allow this as Americans. I don’t care what f’n state somebody comes from!

  • Jan LaBouve Remling

    In Wisconsin as well….where they aren’t fracking, they are digging up the northern part of the state for sand.

  • t-bird

    I think this would be illegal under the OSHA MSDS disclosure rules. It looks like that petro dollars have purchased some tar heel politicians.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not referring to poisoning people, although DRM in itself is “toxic”, not from a health standpoint like fracking per se, but a freedom standpoint. That said, from the freedom of expression side of things, they’re exactly the same thing, only one is from the oil and gas industry, the other is from the tech and entertainment industry. Moral of the story is big business love to censor in spite of the freedom people demand, and government is in bed with these businesses and goes right along with it. The forefathers would roll over in their graves if they knew what was going on today.

  • Veronica Brown

    What every happened to OSHA and Material Safety Data Sheets and the like? How do people vote Republican is beyond me. Reverse Citizens United. Get money out of government now!

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  • James Aitken

    What do you expect from the biggest tobacco state?

  • Anonymous

    Once again then. IF it’s just sand & water why the secrecy? I have also talked to a water specialist (worked in ND) who states the main problem with the waste water isn’t at the frack site but that truckers are opening the spigots while they drive, or dumping in unauthorized sites and not delivering it to treatment plants. I support fracking (for gas) as a way to reduce emissions but only if it is regulated and monitored to assure it is done safely.

  • Trumbull Desi

    I see that our little experiment with Republicanism has failed. Big time. I hope my fellow NC citizens remember this in November and refuse to promote Thom Tillis to the U.S. senate and kick Berger to the curb. And hopefully my teapot congress critter, too. We need to clean house. Our once great state is going to the dogs. I sense that the Repubs know they’re not getting reelected and trying to do as much ALEC damage as possible.

  • Trumbull Desi

    Not any more we’re not.

  • Trumbull Desi

    This bill is being signed by the governor next week. You couldn’t be more wrong.

  • Trumbull Desi

    There is a huge groundswell against the general assembly. Methinks they’re going to be shocked come November when the votes get tallied.

  • Emily Pickett Smith

    Yeah, what are they hiding or afraid of? It means something’s wrong. We need to get politicians that agree with these kinds of “hiding” bills out of office in every state.

  • Occupytheplanet

    No longer America of the free and home of the brave, this is just as bad as being a communist state, shame of the greed and the corrupted and this is my opinion.

  • Occupytheplanet

    Their brains are smoked.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares what the dummies in North Carolina do. If 20 states require disclosure does anyone think that different chemicals will be used in NC than are being used in other states? We’ll know what is being used. Will it make any difference in what we’re ultimately exposed to? Will anything be done to protect us and the environment? The only solution is accelerate transition to clean energy at light speed.

  • Alexandria Pollock

    This isn’t a matter of “Trade Secrets” this is a matter of them pumping unknown chemicals into the earth itself, without any care as to the effects on the water supply or to the planet itself. if they invested half the money on clean energy as they have been trying to get fracking approved, which most intelligent people that aren’t out to make money at the expense of others are apposed to in the first place. then there wouldn’t be any need for fracking.

  • Tara Wright

    Chemicals used in fracking:
    Chemical Name
    CAS
    Chemical Purpose
    Product Function
    Hydrochloric Acid
    007647-01-0
    Helps dissolve minerals and initiate cracks in the rock
    Acid
    Glutaraldehyde
    000111-30-8
    Eliminates bacteria in the water that produces corrosive by-products
    Biocide
    Quaternary Ammonium Chloride
    012125-02-9
    Eliminates bacteria in the water that produces corrosive by-products
    Biocide
    Quaternary Ammonium Chloride
    061789-71-1
    Eliminates bacteria in the water that produces corrosive by-products
    Biocide
    Tetrakis Hydroxymethyl-Phosphonium Sulfate
    055566-30-8
    Eliminates bacteria in the water that produces corrosive by-products
    Biocide
    Ammonium Persulfate
    007727-54-0
    Allows a delayed break down of the gel
    Breaker
    Sodium Chloride
    007647-14-5
    Product Stabilizer
    Breaker
    Magnesium Peroxide
    014452-57-4
    Allows a delayed break down the gel
    Breaker
    Magnesium Oxide
    001309-48-4
    Allows a delayed break down the gel
    Breaker
    Calcium Chloride
    010043-52-4
    Product Stabilizer
    Breaker
    Choline Chloride
    000067-48-1
    Prevents clays from swelling or shifting
    Clay Stabilizer
    Tetramethyl ammonium chloride
    000075-57-0
    Prevents clays from swelling or shifting
    Clay Stabilizer
    Sodium Chloride
    007647-14-5
    Prevents clays from swelling or shifting
    Clay Stabilizer
    Isopropanol
    000067-63-0
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent
    Corrosion Inhibitor
    Methanol
    000067-56-1
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent
    Corrosion Inhibitor
    Formic Acid
    000064-18-6
    Prevents the corrosion of the pipe
    Corrosion Inhibitor
    Acetaldehyde
    000075-07-0
    Prevents the corrosion of the pipe
    Corrosion Inhibitor
    Petroleum Distillate
    064741-85-1
    Carrier fluid for borate or zirconate crosslinker
    Crosslinker
    Hydrotreated Light Petroleum Distillate
    064742-47-8
    Carrier fluid for borate or zirconate crosslinker
    Crosslinker
    Potassium Metaborate
    013709-94-9
    Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
    Crosslinker
    Triethanolamine Zirconate
    101033-44-7
    Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
    Crosslinker
    Sodium Tetraborate
    001303-96-4
    Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
    Crosslinker
    Boric Acid
    001333-73-9
    Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
    Crosslinker
    Zirconium Complex
    113184-20-6
    Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
    Crosslinker
    Borate Salts
    N/A
    Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
    Crosslinker
    Ethylene Glycol
    000107-21-1
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Crosslinker
    Methanol
    000067-56-1
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Crosslinker
    Polyacrylamide
    009003-05-8
    “Slicks” the water to minimize friction
    Friction Reducer
    Petroleum Distillate
    064741-85-1
    Carrier fluid for polyacrylamide friction reducer
    Friction Reducer
    Hydrotreated Light Petroleum Distillate
    064742-47-8
    Carrier fluid for polyacrylamide friction reducer
    Friction Reducer
    Methanol
    000067-56-1
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Friction Reducer
    Ethylene Glycol
    000107-21-1
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Friction Reducer
    Guar Gum
    009000-30-0
    Thickens the water in order to suspend the sand
    Gelling Agent
    Petroleum Distillate
    064741-85-1
    Carrier fluid for guar gum in liquid gels
    Gelling Agent
    Hydrotreated Light Petroleum Distillate
    064742-47-8
    Carrier fluid for guar gum in liquid gels
    Gelling Agent
    Methanol
    000067-56-1
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Gelling Agent
    Polysaccharide Blend
    068130-15-4
    Thickens the water in order to suspend the sand
    Gelling Agent
    Ethylene Glycol
    000107-21-1
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Gelling Agent
    Citric Acid
    000077-92-9
    Prevents precipitation of metal oxides
    Iron Control
    Acetic Acid
    000064-19-7
    Prevents precipitation of metal oxides
    Iron Control
    Thioglycolic Acid
    000068-11-1
    Prevents precipitation of metal oxides
    Iron Control
    Sodium Erythorbate
    006381-77-7
    Prevents precipitation of metal oxides
    Iron Control
    Lauryl Sulfate
    000151-21-3
    Used to prevent the formation of emulsions in the fracture fluid
    Non-Emulsifier
    Isopropanol
    000067-63-0
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Non-Emulsifier
    Ethylene Glycol
    000107-21-1
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Non-Emulsifier
    Sodium Hydroxide
    001310-73-2
    Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
    pH Adjusting Agent
    Potassium Hydroxide
    001310-58-3
    Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
    pH Adjusting Agent
    Acetic Acid
    000064-19-7
    Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
    pH Adjusting Agent
    Sodium Carbonate
    000497-19-8
    Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
    pH Adjusting Agent
    Potassium Carbonate
    000584-08-7
    Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
    pH Adjusting Agent
    Copolymer of Acrylamide and Sodium Acrylate
    025987-30-8
    Prevents scale deposits in the pipe
    Scale Inhibitor
    Sodium Polycarboxylate
    N/A
    Prevents scale deposits in the pipe
    Scale Inhibitor
    Phosphonic Acid Salt
    N/A
    Prevents scale deposits in the pipe
    Scale Inhibitor
    Lauryl Sulfate
    000151-21-3
    Used to increase the viscosity of the fracture fluid
    Surfactant
    Ethanol
    000064-17-5
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Surfactant
    Naphthalene
    000091-20-3
    Carrier fluid for the active surfactant ingredients
    Surfactant
    Methanol
    000067-56-1
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Surfactant
    Isopropyl Alcohol
    000067-63-0
    Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
    Surfactant
    2-Butoxyethanol
    000111-76-2
    Product stabilizer
    Surfactant

  • Tara Wright

    There are a lot us in North Carolina who are neither dummies, nor willing to go belly up to these idiots. Do you think that if NC is allowed to destroy the environment here, that the destruction will somehow remain contained within the confines of NC??? If frackers are allowed to destroy the water table here, that it won’t end up impacting those whose wells are “downstream” from us? This isn’t about who allows disclosure, and who doesn’t. This is about the big picture of them fast tracking a bill, first to allow fracking even when property owners oppose, then to make it illegal to exercise our 1st Amendment rights and speak the truth about it. Dummies in NC? Thanks a lot. Yes…our gerrymander protected GOP legislature are a group of dummies, but a lot of us citizens who live here, didn’t vote for them, and are doing all we can don’t deserve that.

  • Anonymous

    It is all about money and profits. Truth be damned.

  • Anonymous

    Every fracking site will become a potential Superfund clean up fiasco. Eventually a fracking site will compromise the drinking water of a major metropolitan area. Only then will this foolish practice be stopped.

  • Anonymous

    Read Tara Wright’s comment above. I searched on the net and found the same results. It is a chemist’s dream or nightmare of chemicals. It is no wonder that the petrol companies are trying to suppress information.

  • Anonymous

    MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets Every employee is allowed to read the data sheet describing what they are working with. It is against US Federal Law to deny any employee information about chemicals and material compositions they are using. The lawsuits from this fiasco will be in the Billions.
    If there is any justice, each lawmaker signing this monstrosity gets some extremely Rare and especially Painful Cancer to learn about the chemical warfare they are shoving down our drinking water sources.
    If North Carolina citizens allow this evil upon themselves, they get whats coming to them from Duke Energy. CORRUPTION in Government is the only explanation for poisoning the water well.The good part is now we know who is getting paid off in North Carolina.

  • KARockhound

    Is that what you really believe? I’ve got news for you, it takes much more than that to fracture rock. I studied geology as an undergraduate so I’m really no expert, but I would guess water and sand were used like sandpaper to smooth an already fractured rock for installation of vent piping. Just a guess though.

  • Crystal Crosby

    I think they want to screw up the water table in a move to control water rights so we all have to pay for every drop. How about that! Double profits! The other thing they’re doing is devaluating land so they and their cronies can turn around and buy it cheap. I guess that makes for a triple play.

  • Crystal Crosby

    If that’s the case, and they can cloak themselves with secrecy, I say that folks can expect the worst kind of actions by these thugs. I honestly expect them to pump toxic waste into fracking sites.

  • Anonymous

    To go out to such extreme to protect frackers tell us, clearly, what they are using is highly harmful to us.

  • Suzie Kyootie

    Unconstitutional. We the People have the right and necessity to know facts about our world so that we can make conscious, reasonable decisions, precisely what the proponents of this bill do not want. It is un-American as it violates our democracy.

  • Anonymous

    These company shills should be held down and force fed fracking fluids through a funnel.

  • Anonymous

    Hey! just remember all the freedom we get to have here in the good ole’ U.S. of A and that also includes freedom not to tell us what might be dangerous.to our health-boy are we lucky!

  • http://www.galleryhall.net/ Andrea Renee Hall

    Our Governor is poisoning this state with his dept, his tax breaks for the rich including himself, and is lack of effort to clean up the Coal Ash his company has been dumping for years. People in this state will have to give up their homes and properties due to contamination and quakes.. And the economic and environmental concerns are out the door and down the street. WTF is this state coming to? My sister just bought a place right on the beach shore line. And not going to see any of this effect their property values when a disaster hits? Think again…

  • Anonymous

    We The People Need to Sue the States and have Ag Gag and This Fracking Gag Law declared Unconstitutional. A lawsuit to overturn based on unconstitutional blocking of Our Rights for health and safety far beyond the health care workers. So this says to me….if theres a serious health issue a head of a major hospital cannot publicly warn people exposed in an emergency to seek medical attention check for certain symptoms or even how to protect their animals and children.

  • Anonymous

    Where is Erin Brocovich? Wheres the big expensive lawuers and activists right now? Legally block and remove these bills before they get this far people. We the people have inalienable rights they are unconstitutionally removing by blocking our Right to inquire. Stop this….this is why they fought to protrect us from this in the 70s. Please someone in Carolina file a Suit and stop this!

  • Anonymous

    Pure insanity! If the public swallows this ridiculous “bill” without protest, they should all have their heads examined!

  • Avery

    It won’t stand up when challenged in court.

  • Avery

    The capital letters make your argument much stronger…

  • Dan Q. Public

    Our legislators have been purchased by BIG Conservative money. They do not represent the interests of the electorate at all. Unfortunately, the voters in this state are easily controlled with political ads that push the right buttons on issues like sex, religion and gun control.

  • Todd Bartimole

    Lol…I can’t believe how many legislators fail to read the constitution.

  • jules weinberg

    Simple. Boycott NC and everything having to do with NC

  • Jerry Reed

    If it’s good for the people the Greed Over People GOP hates it, if it’s good for business and kills people they GOP are for it;

  • paul radcliff

    Denounce fracking as the dangerous and hazardous process that it is. The rewards are for the many special interests, invested in the Keystone Pipeline being approved. Too many pro-GOP commercials on my local TV, the extreme slant is obvious and wrapped in more jobs. Not where I live. That wasn’t the point, we covered the why, Profits. The zombie-like faithful will keep voting Republican, as per the Planned Programming, a la Fauz Newz and Rush L., for some. I suspect such Federal regulations, if approved, will suffocate profits, to the point of almost losing money.

  • Andy Ralston-Asumendi

    It’s what happens once we got only GOP run legislature bought and paid for by interest groups. We in NC will take years to get out from the damage they have done.

  • sharonl_74

    I hate laws like this, they bring out my “in your face” attitude. The information should be broadcast widely and loudly now, before they have a chance to get the bill passed. Then there should be disclosure signs posted on every Federal Building. Then, if I owned property around the state lines, I would post it all along the border.

  • Anonymous

    I will bet you not more than 1 in 300 people in North Carolina knows about this bill. It was passed in secret and the dead of night with ALEX and Halliburton employees there and the Republicans with their hands out.

  • http://bit.ly/1cryIqU Bruce Shanks

    To My Environment Conscious Friends around the World;

    In New Brunswick Canada “Big Oil/Government” plans an oil pipeline the entire length of the Province from north to south. Meantime the government has sold mining rights to a fracking Company that go the entire width of the Province from west to east.
    These 2 “make work” projects intersect midway through the Province where large lakes and rivers are!

    Since earthquakes and tremors commonly occur as a result of “fracking” quite often, and even a small tremor can shake up a pipeline,
    We can reasonably expect this oil pipeline to have multiple cracks occurring at joints & seams from tremors!
    This can spill mass amounts of deadly crude oil into Our waterways, destroying ecosystems, and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean, thus further polluting Our Planet.

    It is written “the love of money is the root of all evil”, We are sure seeing and suffering from that curse more & more around the World these days!

  • Haligonex

    With all the NRA supporters out there, you’d figure that some of them would be against the deliberate poisoning of their families and friends by the Gas companies with the blessing of the republican shills

  • David Rice

    Here is a list of chemicals used in fracking. Hey, North Carolina: jail me…!

    2,2-Dibromo-3-Nitrilopropionamide
    2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one
    5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one
    Acetic Acid
    Acetic Anhydride
    Acetylene
    Alcohol Ethoxylated
    Alkyl benzene sulfonic acid
    Ammonia (aqueous)
    Ammonium Bifluoride
    Ammonium Persulfate
    Ammonium Bisulfite
    Ammonium chloride
    Ammonium Salt (alkylpolyether sulfate)
    Amorphous silica
    Benzoic Acid
    Boric Acid
    Boric Oxide
    Calcium Chloride
    Calcium Oxide
    carboxymethylhydroxypropyl guar blend
    Choline Chloride
    Cinnamaldehyde
    Citric Acid
    Complex polyamine salt
    Crystalline Silica: Cristobalite
    Crystalline Silica: Quartz
    Cupric chloride dihydrate
    Cured resin
    Cyclohexanes
    Dazomet
    Diethylene Glycol
    d-Limonene Enzyme
    EO-C7-9-iso-, C8 rich-alcohols
    EO-C9-11-iso-, C10-rich alcohols
    Ethoxylated Alcohol
    Ethyl Acetate
    Ethyl Alcohol
    Ethylbenzene
    Ethylbenzene
    Ethylene Glycol
    Formic Acid
    Gluconic Acid
    Glutaraldehyde
    Glycerol
    Glycol Ethers
    Guar Gum
    Hydrochloric Acid
    Hydrochloric Acid 3% – 35%
    Isopropanol
    Isopropyl Alcohol
    Methanol
    Methyl Alcohol
    Methyl Salicylate
    n-butanol
    Nitrilotriacetamide
    Phenolic Resin
    Polyethylene Glycol
    Polyethylene Glycol Mixture
    Polyoxylalkylene sulfate
    Polysaccharide Blend
    Potassium Carbonate
    Potassium Chloride
    Potassium Hydroxide
    Propargyl Alcohol
    Propylene Glycol
    Silica
    Sodium Bicarbonate
    Sodium Bromide
    Sodium Hydroxide
    Sodium Persulphate
    Sodium Xylene Sulfonate
    Sulfuric Acid
    Surfactants
    Talc
    Tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)phosphonium sulfate
    Tetramethyl ammonium Chloride
    Trimethyloctadecylammonium chloride

  • Christina Countryman

    Wow, right out of a dictaotors handbook, what democracy did this a-hole grow up in?