For Release: May 16, 2011
Cyrus Reed, 512-740-4086 or
Donna Hoffman, 512-477-1729 or 512-299-5776
Needs to Get Crackin’
A Call for Action
House Bill 3328, the bill by Rep. Jim
Keffer, that would establish a system for disclosure of
the substances used in the hydro-fracking process for extraction
of natural gas, has been received in the Senate and has
been referred to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
The Committee meets Tuesday morning, May 17. Quick action
is needed by the Natural Resources Committee in order to
advance the bill to the Senate floor.
Although the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club believes
that the bill needs to be strengthened in order to be more
protective of the public interest, the Sierra Club supports
advancing the bill out of Committee to the Senate floor.
Even in the current form the bill represents a step forward
in putting the Texas Legislature on record that public
disclosure of the chemicals and substances used in the
fracking process is an important public policy goal.
Please contact the offices of the members of
the Senate Natural Resources Committee and urge them
to vote favorably on HB 3328 as quickly as possible.
Phone calls will be the most effective at this point.
Here are the committee members and the phone numbers
of their offices: Senator Fraser (Chair) – 512-463-0124 Senator Estes (Vice-Chair) – 512-463-0130 Senator Deuell – 512-463-0102 Senator Duncan – 512-463-0128 Senator Eltife – 512-463-0101 Senator Hegar – 512-463-0118 Senator Hinojosa – 512-463-0120 Senator Jackson – 512-463-0111 Senator Nichols – 512-463-0103 Senator Seliger – 512-463-0131 Senator Uresti – 512-463-0119
It would also be helpful if you would urge them to strengthen the
bill with one or all of the following changes/amendments:
Full well-by-well disclosure of all chemicals, not
just those regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health
A more inclusive list of who can actually challenge
any chemicals claimed as trade secrets, including those
landowners living within a mile of any well shaft;
A process for the agency to determine if any trade
secret claims are meritorious and to not give a blanket
protection to trade secrets claimed by the industry.