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Fracking Rule Requires Chemicals Disclosure

The US Interior Department on Friday released final standards for hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands. The department says the new rules will improve safety and help protect groundwater by updating requirements for well-bore integrity, wastewater disposal and public disclosure of chemicals. There are more than 100,000 oil … Read more »

Fracking Supplier to Disclose 100% of Chemicals

Oil and gas industry supplier Baker Hughes says it will disclose all chemicals used in its hydraulic fracturing fluids. The company says it’s committed to full disclosure and says it’s possible to disclose 100 percent of chemicals used “without compromising our formulations — a balance that increases public trust while … Read more »

Fracking Should Up Recycled Water Use, Ceres Says

Fracking Should Up Recycled Water Use, Ceres Says

Hydraulic fracturing operations should scale up their use of recycled water and non-freshwater resources, and practice better water management planning if shale energy production is to grow as projected, a Ceres research paper says. Most fracking to extract shale gas is happening in water-stressed regions of the US, such as … Read more »

Fracking Disclosure Site Contains ‘Serious Deficiencies’

There are “serious deficiencies” in the disclosure practices of FracFocus.org, a widely used website that allows companies to voluntarily disclose the chemicals they use in the process of natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing, according to a study by the Harvard Environmental Law Program’s Policy Initiative. Currently, 18 states require … Read more »