The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission will vote next Wednesday on a proposed rule that would require natural gas companies working in the Fayetteville Shale to disclose the chemicals used in the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing. There are currently no such requirements in the state, much to the chagrin of environmentalists and public health advocates who fear the chemicals could have a negative impact on the state’s water. The new rule would be a step in the right direction, but according to environmental groups like the Sierra Club, the language is vague and doesn’t go far enough to protect the public.


Much more, including comments from the AOGC and Sierra Club on the jump.