News & Updates
One Year Anniversary of FracFocus
On April 23, 2013 we were made aware of a study released by Harvard University in which they assert that FracFocus is not a good tool for regulatory purposes.
A new publication has been added to the FracFocus publications list. Titled Hydraulic Fracturing 101, this Society of Petroleum Engineers paper was written by George E. King, a Professional Petroleum Engineer whose expertise in the
field of oil and gas exploration and production is well known throughout the petroleum industry. This paper is an excellent primer for anyone who would like to learn more about the practice of hydraulic fracturing. You can read the paper by clicking HERE.
The Mississippi Oil and Gas Board recently updated Rule 26 to include a provision for operators to submit their hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure information to the FracFocus system. This brings to eight, the number of states that use FracFocus for regulatory reporting. The other states include:
A training webinar for companies wishing to report chemicals to the FracFocus disclosure submission system is now available. The webinar shows operators how to register their company and set up the company Representative, Supervisors and Data Submitters. It also discusses the disclosure template, how to complete and submit it and how to manage records and users in the system. Designed in concert with the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program managed by the Houston Advanced Research Center and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), affiliated with Texa
Due to the addition of many Non-MSDS components on the disclosure forms, the language regarding MSDS components at the bottom of each form is being updated. Effective 3/29/2012, the new language will say:
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Texas Railroad Commission this week adopted new rules that call for the disclosure of chemicals intentionally added to hydraulic fracturing fluids. The Commissions require oil and gas operators to post their disclosures on FracFocus, the national chemical registry site.
Colorado Commission rulemaking:
On 11/9/2011, the State of North Dakota proposed new rules governing the practice of hydraulic fracturing. The proposed rules can be seen at https://www.dmr.nd.gov/oilgas/rules2012changes.pdf. With respect to chemical disclosure the proposed rule states:
11/17/2011 A hearing is scheduled for today concerning a proposal by the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association to develop rules governing the reporting of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process. Further details on the results of this hearing will be published as they become available.
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