Arkansas board set to create rule on fracking

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas soon could become the second state to require companies to reveal what chemicals they use in drilling natural gas wells. The state Oil and Gas Commission is in the final stages of developing a rule concerning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it's commonly known.

Wyoming passed a measure last month that requires well operators to disclose all chemicals used during the fracking process. Amy Mall, a senior policy analyst with the National Resources Defense Council, tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that other states are considering similar rules.

Federal legislation on the issue has been introduced in Congress. Commission Director Larry Bengal says under the Arkansas rule, the operator would report the specific names and concentrations of the chemicals used during fracking. That information would be posted on the commission's website.

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