News & Updates

IOGCC Executive Director answers questions about hydraulic fracturing

January 14, 2009 (The Daily Oklahoman) IOGCC Executive Director Mike Smith offers up some discussion about hydraulic fracturing and the potential impact of proposed federal regulation on the oil and gas industry in this "Q&A" article, published on January 14th in the Daily Oklahoman.

Recent senate hearing confirms no documented cases of hydraulic fracturing contamination

December 12, 2009 ( In a transcript of a December 8, 2009 Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing on "Federal Drinking Water Programs" officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) could not provide a single example of documented cases of hydraulic fracturing water contamination when questioned by Senator Inhofe.

Industry association releases hydraulic fracturing guidance document

November 2, 2009 (API). API HF1, Hydraulic Fracturing Operations - Well Construction and Integrity Guidelines. This guidance document, developed by the American Petroleum Institute, outlines current best-industry practices for the proper drilling and cementing of wells that are being hydraulically fractured.

PA DEP Fines Cabot Oil

October 22, 2009 (PA Dept. of Enviromental Protection). The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Cabot Oil and Gas Corp.

SPE: Stimulation chemistry scoring index proposed

October 6, 2009 (Oil & Gas Journal) A chemistry scoring index may help address the recent controversy on assessing the hazards of chemicals used in sti

New York DEC releases new SGEIS for high-volume and horizontal drilling in the Marcellus Shale

September 30, 2009 -- The New York Department of Environmental Conservation released its draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Statement for public review and comment comment today.

CO Gov. Says Natural Gas Part of New Energy Economy

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter spoke at the Colorado Oil & Gas Association's annual conference recently. During his speech he recognized natural gas' role in the new energy economy.