HARRISBURG, SEPT. 10, 2010 — State Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-Phila./Delaware) will soon introduce legislation to protect Pennsylvania citizens and landowners from environmental hazards caused by gas drilling companies that use hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” during the extraction process.

“The public deserves to know what is happening in their own backyards, especially those who live and work in areas where natural gas is being extracted,” Williams said. “My legislation would require gas extraction companies to divulge the complete list of chemicals, chemical compounds and total volumes of fluids they are using at drilling sites.”

Companies would be required to file a report with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which would make this list available to the general public on its Web site. In the event of a medical emergency, the concentration of these chemicals and their chemical formulas would be made known to the emergency personnel, while still protecting the trade secrets of the energy and drill companies with a confidentiality clause.

Currently, companies are not required to make this information public.