Editorial: Meddling - North Carolina lawmakers try to hamstring fracking rules
This is an excerpt from an editorial in the Fayetteville Observer that ran on July 1:
Drilling companies are reluctant to reveal the chemical content of those fluids, although it's known that some of them are toxic and an accident could carry them into a community's drinking water.
The governor and legislative leaders have pledged to make this state's fracking regulations the most transparent and protective in the country. They did, at least, until the drilling companies began to protest, saying those chemicals are "trade secrets." And now lawmakers are trying to take control of drilling fluids away from the commission.