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Fracking and Alternative Energy

Energy Department Advisory Board Recommends Improvements to FracFocus

By Edward P. Yim

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) recently published its recommendations for improving the effectiveness of FracFocus.  The report entitled, “Task Force Report on FracFocus 2.0,” recommends improving the accuracy and completeness of registry submissions by fully disclosing all known constituents while claiming as few, if any, trade secret exemptions as possible.  The report suggests using a “systems approach” that reports the chemicals added separately from the additive names and product names that contain them to protect trade secrets.  The report also contains recommendation for improving FracFocus’s data storage and retention.

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