All ‘fracking trade secret’ bills defeated

February 22, 2017

HB 1679 (Robinson) was stricken from the February 21 docket of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee. This was the last surviving bill that would have provided “trade secret” status for certain chemicals used in the process of hydraulic fracturing. The other three defeated bills were HB 1678 (Robinson), SB 1291 (Chafin) and SB 1292 (Chafin). VACo opposed all four bills.

Regulations recently promulgated by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy have provisions that allow for chemicals used in the “fracking” process to receive “trade secret” status. However, under the regulations, the trade secret status of such chemicals is not protected through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions that would have been established had the bills passed the General Assembly.

VACo Contact: Larry Land, CAE

- Related Blog Posts -

VACo opposes comprehensive stormwater bills

January 21, 2016

View Blog Post

Don’t miss the Go Green Challenge Forum on August 8

July 8, 2016

View Blog Post

By-farm agricultural operations bills to be considered on Monday

January 17, 2014

View Blog Post