Bill Tatum: Protecting the formula for fracking

June 26, 2014 

Recently, I bought a Coca-Cola. As I sipped, I read the ingredients printed on the label. All of them were listed, but if I gathered them up, I wouldn’t be able to make my own Coca-Cola. That’s because while the ingredients are listed, the formula that tells you how to make Coca-Cola is not. That got me thinking about fracking and the General Assembly’s push to keep the chemicals in fracking fluids secret.

The energy companies say that their fracking fluids are a proprietary secret and that sharing the ingredients would cost money. But like in Coca-Cola, ingredients don’t make a formula. A formula is a process, a recipe. The energy companies want more than to protect the recipe that makes up the fluid they’ll be pumping into our ground; they don’t even want to tell us the ingredients. And it’s a small wonder why. Many of the chemicals used in fracking fluids pose a danger to health and to the environment.

Rep. Mike Stone and Sen. Ron Rabin have cast their support to the gas industry rather than the health of their constituents and the environment. Voters should remember that as November approaches.

Bill Tatum

Sanford

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