5/29/12 Oklahoma Approves Fracing Disclosure Rules
May 29, 2012 (The Oklahoman, Jay F. Marks) Okla. City - Oklahoma oil and natural gas producers will have to disclose the chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing operations under new rules set to go into effect July 1.
Lori Wrotenbery, director of the Corporation Commission's oil and gas conservation division, said there was very little discussion of the new rules after they were passed along to the Legislature.
The rules will require companies to disclose what chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing, a process that involves injecting large amounts of water, sand and other additives into a well to release oil and natural gas.
Companies will have to report what chemicals were used on a well within 60 days of its completion, according to the new rules.
The rules apply to horizontal wells drilled after Jan. 1 and all over wells beginning in 2014.
Wrotenbery said companies can report directly to the commission or use FracFocus.org, a voluntary disclosure website created last year by two Oklahoma City
Commission staff will add information submitted to the agency to website, she said.
A number of state companies already voluntarily report on their operations on the FracFocus site,
which received records from 15,000 wells nationwide in its first year.
“We think the mandate is sound, and we already disclose this information on the FracFocus registry,” Devon Energy Corp. spokesman Chip Minty said.
Wrotenbery said the commission is working with the Ground Water Protection Agency to update its data management system to help flag wells without the requisite disclosure information.-based entities, the Ground Water Protection Counciland Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
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