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The frack return fluids are full of really nasty materials in addition to the additives, and the precise nature of this toxic brew is seldom known. (Source)

Robert Howarth, Food & Water Watch Board Member

Sorry, Dr. Howarth, but that’s a Mostly No. The professor – and board member of fractivist group Food & Water Watch – must have forgotten about the regulations in place to ensure the proper disclosure of additives used during fracking. Major producing states have laws requiring disclosure of fracking chemicals through searchable databases like FracFocus. Additionally, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires operators and chemical manufacturers to submit detailed Material Safety Data Sheets to regulators, and provide them to first-responders in the case of an accident. State, local and federal regulators have access to all the information they need to ensure safety. Flowback water (which Dr. Howarth ominously labels “frack return fluids") does have to be handled properly, but again, there are federal and state regulations in place to ensure that happens.

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