|One of the key controversies about fracking is the chemical makeup of the fluid that is pumped deep into the ground to break apart rock and release natural gas. Some companies have been reluctant to disclose what's in their fracking fluid. Scientists and environmental advocates argue that, without knowing its precise composition, they can't thoroughly investigate complaints of contamination...One apparent proponent of the trade secrets caveat? ALEC, a nonprofit group that brings together politicians and corporations to draft and promote conservative, business-friendly legislation. ALEC has been in the spotlight recently because of its support of controversial laws like Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' provision.
This weekend, as part of a story on ALEC's political activity, The New York Times noted that the group recently adopted a bill passed in Texas last year as 'model legislation'