1. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING:
FracFocus has 'serious flaws,' Harvard study says
A study by a new Harvard University policy initiative says the FracFocus.org website has "serious flaws" as a means of disclosure for hydraulic fracturing chemicals used in oil and gas production, and state governments shouldn't be relying on it. The study says FracFocus has a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn't account for different state requirements, prevents many kinds of searching and gives drilling companies too much leeway to miss deadlines or withhold information as trade secrets.