A similar confidentiality provision is under attack in Wyoming. In November 2011, several environmental groups made a public records request for the identity of fracking ingredients which were designated as confidential by the oil service companies operating in Wyoming. Those requests were denied, and after several appeals, the issue is now before the Wyoming Supreme Court, which is set to hear argument on November 20, 2013. This blog post further describes the debate in Wyoming and links to the briefs filed by the parties and the live stream of the oral argument before the Wyoming Supreme Court.
The Wyoming Supreme Court’s ultimate decision will set a precedent on this issue which will undoubtedly be heard in the courtrooms of many other gas producing states, including West Virginia. This is one case worthy of some attention for the hydraulic fracturing industry operating in West Virginia.