Texas Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule In Effect

The Texas Railroad Commission's (TRC's) new rule requiring oil and gas producers to disclose the chemical used in hydraulic fracturing takes effect Wednesday. TRC adopted the rule in December.

The new rule is applicable for all wells that are hydraulically fractured for which TRC has issued a drilling permit on or after Feb. 1.

Under the new rule, companies must register the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing fluids at FracFocus.org. Some producers, including Chesapeake Energy, have already been disclosing hydraulic fracturing chemical information at the website, which launched in 2011.

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at kboman@rigzone.com

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Tommy Hogan | Feb. 2, 2012
I think the world will be a little surprised to find out the Gel is Guar. So far Ive really never heard anyone complain about the Sodium Hydroxide and people probably arent aware the buffers are Borate but I bet the picture that is painted about the chimicals we use will be ugly. Every interview Ive ever been accociated with has only been focused on potential hazards and for me to describe the injuries in depth if Ive witnessed any, never about the technological break throughs that the industry uses on a daily basis. I dont want my families water contaminated and want the safest procedures used just like the next man.


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