Proposed Alaskan Rule Would Increase Hydro-Fracking Disclosure Requirements

The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission recently proposed a new law that would force energy companies to, amongst other things, reveal chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process. Hydraulic fracturing (or “Hydro-fracking”) a process in which fractures in rocks below the earth's surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas or oil. These chemical processes had previously been protected from disclosure through trade secrecy. However, the proposed rules would increase notification and disclosure requirements for energy companies performing hydro-fracking activities.