Report highlights problems with fracking database

DENVER — A new report raises serious concerns about the online database used by 11 states to track the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The Harvard Law School report says FracFocus, a reporting site formed by industry groups in 2011, has loose reporting standards, makes it too difficult for states to track whether companies submit chemical disclosures on time and allows for inconsistency in declaring chemicals trade secrets.

Colorado, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Oklahoma are among the states that require companies to divulge fracking chemicals through FracFocus.

A spokesman for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources told The Denver Post Tuesday that expected improvements the database will help ensure accurate and timely reporting soon.

Fracking involves pumping water, fine sand and chemicals underground to split open oil- and gas-bearing rocks.


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