Today it’s more widely applied to include anything which may be embarrassing and the application of a fig leaf is supposed to make the offending item less offensive.
FrackFocus has lately gotten the beating it deserves. Today Bloomberg launched a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the fracking FrackFocus failures.
Fracking Hazards Obscured in Failure to Disclose Wells - By Benjamin Haas, Jim Polson, Phil Kuntz and Ben Elgin – Aug 13, 2012 11:01 PM CT
Apache’s transparency was shot through with cracks. In Texas and Oklahoma, the company reported chemicals it used on only about half its fracked wells via FracFocus.org, a voluntary website that oil and gas companies helped design amid calls for mandatory disclosure.Energy companies failed to list more than two out of every five fracked wells in eight U.S. states from April 11, 2011, when FracFocus began operating, through the end of last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The gaps reveal shortcomings in the voluntary approach to transparency on the site, which has received funding from oil and gas trade groups and $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.
“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 primary purpose of this site is to provide factual information concerning hydraulic fracturing and groundwater protection. It is not intended to argue either for or against the use of hydraulic fracturing as a technology. It is also not intended to provide a scientific analysis of risk associated with hydraulic fracturing. Finally, this site does not deal with issues unrelated to chemical use in hydraulic fracturing such as Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM). This topic is beyond the current scope of this site.”
More fracking leaves are the Guiding Principles being promoted by the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC). One piece of paper. Geeee…. I feel so safe now.
The MSC has also published a document entitled “RECOMMENDED PRACTICES FOR SITE PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND RESTORATION”. It’s 34 pages long.
Please note the preface: (emphasis added)
The frackers need a bigger fig leaf.