Montana Fracking Law Challenged in Court


Some landowners, conservationists and health advocates in Montana have gone to court challenging a state law that allows energy companies to conceal the chemicals they use in fracking.

Their lawsuit was filed this week in an attempt to force the energy companies to reveal which chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing. The law in question was adopted in 2011 and allows the energy companies to hide which chemicals are in use. What the energy companies are doing in not revealing the chemicals is within the law.

But attorney Katherine O’Brien with Earthjustice maintains the trade secrets exemption is a violation of the Montana Constitution.


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