Confidential Business Information Leaves Gaps in Crucial Fracking Regulation Data

Confidential business information (CBI) appears frequently in environmental information, often making complete environmental data hard to come by, because CBI is exempt from FOIA disclosure. Incomplete information can negatively impact environmental decisionmaking. The FOIA contains nine major exemptions, including one for “Information that concerns business trade secrets or other confidential commercial or financial information” or “Confidential Business Information” (CBI). If agency records fall an exemption, the public can’t get those records through FOIA.

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