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State concerned about delay in chemical disclosure

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EPA: Halliburton waited five days to release chem list after Monroe County well fire

MONROE COUNTY, Ohio -- A new report shows that Halliburton made federal and state agencies wait five days before it shared a list of chemicals that spilled from a drilling site into a tributary of the Ohio River.

The Texas-based drilling support company was hired to hydraulically fracture the horizontal well in Monroe County that, on June 28, spilled a bevy of chemicals and caught fire. Though the spill at the Statoil pad affected around five miles of nearby Opposum Creek, state officials said they do not believe drinking water was affected.

However, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and several environmental groups have voiced their concerns that Halliburton provided only a partial list of chemicals to first responders and emergency crews on the day of the incident. Others, which are protected by Ohio’s trade-secrets law, were omitted until five days later.

Ohio law says that companies have to disclose the contents of proprietary fracking mixes only to firefighters or Natural Resources if there is an emergency, such as fires or spills.

The Ohio Environmental Council has been lobbying the Ohio legislature to pass laws that would force companies during emergencies to immediately disclose the full list of chemicals to all state agencies.

Oil and gas industry officials and regulators have pushed back against additional regulations, saying Ohio’s laws are more than adequate to protect people.

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