HB 1389 Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exclusion for trade secrets submitted to DMME.
SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; record exclusion for trade secrets submitted to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Excludes from the mandatory disclosure provisions of FOIA trade secrets, as defined in the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (§ 59.1-336 et seq.), submitted to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy as part of the required permit or permit modification to commence ground-disturbing activities. The bill provides that in order for such trade secrets to be excluded, the submitting party shall (i) invoke this exclusion upon submission of the data or materials for which protection from disclosure is sought, (ii) identify the data or materials for which protection is sought, and (iii) state the reasons why protection is necessary.
That is all that is currently showing on the 2017 list that pertains to Fracking.
I will be setting up my annual Richmond Sunlight bill tracker soon and will make sure that fracking is one of the categories monitored. Bills can be tracked through the LIS system but are highly restrictive in number of bills you can track unless you pay a huge fee to LIS to access that information.
So, I use Richmond Sunlight because it is free and I an get the same information:) Anybody wanting to learn how to use Richmond Sunlight can just give me a shout!