Pennsylvania to Stop Using FracFocus, Will Launch Own Registry in 2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it plans to launch by mid-2016 its own database for tracking chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and will stop using the national registry

July 17, 2015

Study Finds 15 Frack Fluids Would Be Dangerous in Groundwater

A study led by researchers at the University of Colorado (UC) found that of the hundreds of compounds used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations, 15 are of particular concern if they ever become groundwater contaminants due to several factors, including toxicity.

July 6, 2015

Chemicals Tiny Fraction of Frack Water, But It Adds Up, EPA Finds

Chemical additives make up only a fraction of the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations on oil and natural gas wells, but fluid is used in such great volumes that the amount of chemicals still adds up to impressive totals, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

March 31, 2015

California, North Dakota Differ on Fracking Chemical Disclosure

The oil/natural gas industry-supported independent chemical disclosure website FracFocus ( was alternately praised and criticized by state officials in California and North Dakota on Tuesday during separate news media conference calls.

June 19, 2014

Baker to Disclose 100% of Fracking Fluid Chemicals, If Customers Agree

Baker Hughes Inc. said it plans to disclose 100% of the chemical ingredients it uses in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids by providing “complete lists” of the products used, but there could be exemptions.

April 25, 2014

DOE Panel: Too Many Errors, Trade Secret Exemptions in FracFocus

Oil and gas companies are claiming too many trade secret exemptions in FracFocus disclosures of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and the registry contains several errors, according to a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) task force charged with reviewing the website.

March 6, 2014

House Dems Urge White House to Move Quickly on Fracking Guidance

House Democrats have called on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to finalize “long overdue guidance” expeditiously for oil and natural gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities using diesel fuel, and to reject any industry efforts to weaken or delay it.

October 28, 2013

BLM Sets Aside Fracking Proposal to Make Revisions

A decision by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to set aside its original federal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) proposal has drawn plaudits from associations representing major oil and natural gas producers.

January 23, 2013

California Senate Rejects Fracking Bill; Second Measure Alive

California lawmakers on Thursday rejected an industry-opposed bill (SB 1054) on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), but a second fracking measure (AB 591) is still alive.

June 4, 2012

Frack Fluid Disclosure Proposed in Louisiana

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) chemical disclosure is spreading throughout the Ark-La-Tex as Louisiana — home of most of the Haynesville Shale — is weighing new disclosure requirements modeled in part on those in place in Arkansas and recently mandated in Texas.

September 1, 2011
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