HB 448 by Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) would require the Texas Railroad Commission to adopt rules requiring the operator of a gas well on which a hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) treatment is to be performed to notify residents living within 500 feet of the well of the same chemical components in the fracking fluid as are currently reportable to the Railroad Commission under legislation passed last session. The rule must include a process by which the well operator may withhold disclosure of one or more components that are considered trade secrets and a resident may challenge that claim.

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