News & Updates

www.fracfocus.org launched

OKLAHOMA CITY, April 11, 2011 – The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), with funding support from the United States Department of Energy (DOE), unveiled a landmark web-based national registry disclosing the chemical additives used in the hydraulic fracturing process on a well-by-well basis.

President Launches Broad Review of Hydraulic Fracturing

April 4, 2011 (NGI's Shale Daily). With natural gas now front and center on President Obama's energy agenda (see Shale Daily, March 31), his administration has called for a broad-based panel to be formed to examine potential risks associated with hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Agencies ready to unveil registry for hudraulic fracturing chemicals

April 1, 2011 (NewsOK) A new website will allow landowners to see what chemicals were used in hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells in their area.  It is expected to launch April 14. 

BOEMRE Begins Environmental Reviews for Proposed 2012-2017 Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales

February 8, 2011. (The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Office of Public Affairs) The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today announced that it will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Western and Central Planning Areas of the Gulf of Mexico, off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, for the 2012 to 2017, 5-year oil and gas leasing program.

Increased Drilling Creates Jobs

March 17, 2011 (Foxnews.com) An oil drilling boom across the American West is creating a wealth of job opportunities at a time when the most segments of the economy remain sluggish.

Groundtruthing Academy Award Nominee 'Gasland'

February 25, 2011 (New York Times) The documentary "Gasland" brought the term "hydraulic fracturing" into the nation's living rooms.

Oklahoma passes fracking test

February 25, 2011 (The Daily Oklahoman) An independent panel has issued a report p

IOGCC/SSEB Task Force issues CO2 Transport Report, Recommendations

February 14, 2011 (IOGCC/SSEB).  The IOGCC / SSEB Pipeline Transportation Task Force (PTTF) recently released “A Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Evaluation of the Feasibility of a National Pipeline Infrastructure for the Transport and Storage of Carbon Dioxide.” In this report, the PTTF examines the legal and regulatory environment surrounding CO2 pipelines and transport.

EPA Posts Frack Rules Without Explanation

January 20, 2010. (New York Times). U.S. EPA, it turns out, can change the rules simply by quietly posting new language on a back page of its website.


That is what Matt Armstrong found out. A lawyer who closely follows the issue of "hydraulic fracturing," he was poking around on the EPA website last June and was stunned when he realized the agency had added new language requiring drillers to get permits if they are going to fracture with diesel fuel.

Earthquake 'swarm' rattles Arkansas town and its residents

December 14, 2010 (CNN). The Arkansas Geological Survey is trying to unravel a mystery: What is causing earthquakes in the town of Guy, Arkansas?

Ausbrooks says the state Geological Survey has no idea whether the current swarm is a natural or man-made event, but his office is seriously exploring the latter. "We see no relation to the drilling in the area, but we haven't ruled out a connection to the salt water disposal wells," he said.