If it's only dish soap, why do they need an entire site to allow you to search for chemicals in the frack cocktail? And these are the only ones they will tell us about.
UPDATE: 7/31/2012 - The Marcellus Shale Gas: Disingenuous thinking about its Environmental Footprint
Terry Engelder, Professor of Geoscience, The Pennsylvania State University
FracFocus is the national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry.
FracFocus is managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, two organizations whose missions both revolve around conservation and environmental protection.
The site was created to provide the public access to reported chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing within their area. To help users put this information into perspective, the site also provides objective information on hydraulic fracturing, the chemicals used, the purposes they serve and the means by which groundwater is protected
Mr. Engelder said Range and Chesapeake Energy Corp., both major players in Marcellus, are collaborating with Penn State to solve problems involving hydraulic fracturing. (Problems???? But TruthinessLand said there were no problems....)
Mr. Engelder said despite the money flowing to his research, he remains on his nine-month university salary of $109,000. Mr. Engelder has an ownership stake in Appalachian Fracture Systems Inc., a consulting firm that has done work on Marcellus Shale. He said he earned $40,000 from it in 2009.
He said other than that he is not drawing personal income from the industry and he is not a shill.
"I think there is a very important distinction between being an industry spokesperson/apologist and a scientist working very hard to help industry become better at what it does," Mr. Engelder wrote.
He points to a Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed piece he wrote last year taking Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to task -- as well as environmentalists and academics -- for statements regarding alleged gas migration into water wells in Dimock, Pa., for which homeowners blamed the company.
"Cabot's denials of culpability seem disingenuous," the piece said, "given that other industry leaders have recognized the issue and are working with Penn State to address it.".
Maybe Cabot used too much dish soap?