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Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals to Pa. DEP

Pennsylvania will require shale gas companies to disclose electronically the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database by next summer.

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley said the department will end its partnership with FracFocus, an independent online catalog of fracking records, and develop what he considers a more comprehensive and user-friendly online database.

“Our goal is to have a reporting tool that will provide … much more downloadable and searchable information than FracFocus,” Quigley said.

The state will require operators to submit fracturing records electronically by March 2016. The database will start around June 2016, he said.

“We’re not quite there yet, but we’re well down the path,” Quigley said.

He plans to eventually integrate the records into a mapping system. Computer users would be able to click on a dot on a map and see all of the information for that well, including fracking chemicals used, inspection records and production reports submitted to DEP, Quigley said. Read More

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