News & Updates
One Year Anniversary of FracFocus
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.
November 1, 2011 (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Denver — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has started the process of adopting rules for the public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
A rulemaking hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5.
Fracturing, or fracking, involves injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into rock formations to release oil and natural gas. Some residents have expressed interest in knowing exactly what's being blasted underground.
The FracFocus website has added information about the propogation of fractures in the subsurface.
predictable characteristics or physical properties regarding the path of
least resistance have been recognized since hydraulic fracturing was
first conducted in the oilfield in 1947. To see more about the properties of hydraulic fractures go to Hydraulic Fracturing: The Process page.
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