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Revised Interior Rule Loops in Industry-Favored FracFocus

(E&E Daily, sub req'd)

Companies that drill for oil or gas on federal land would be able to report the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing through an industry-backed database under a new draft of the Interior Department's fracking rule.

According to an unpublished draft of the rule obtained by EnergyWire, operators would be allowed to report the chemicals through Fracfocus.org, a privately run site used by industry to satisfy disclosure requirements in several states.

That would mark a win for the oil and gas industry over environmental groups in the ongoing battle over how to manage the shale drilling boom taking place across the country.

"It's progress," said Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs for the Western Energy Alliance, which represents oil and gas developers.