Halliburton executive takes a swig of fracking fluid

By CATHERINE TSAI Published: August 23, 2011
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An energy company executive's sip of fracking fluid at an industry conference this month has been called a demonstration by some and a stunt by others, but it's bringing attention to new recipes for hydraulic fracturing fluids that in the past have contained chemicals used for antifreeze or bleaching hair.

In a speech at the conference presented by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Halliburton Co. CEO Dave Lesar talked about addressing public concerns about hydraulic fracturing, which extracts natural gas by blasting a mix of water, chemicals and sand underground.

He raised a container of Halliburton's new fracking fluid made from materials sourced from the food industry, then called a fellow executive to demonstrate how safe it was by drinking it, two attendees said.

What the person drank apparently was CleanStim, which when Halliburton announced it in November was undergoing field trials. A Halliburton spokeswoman didn't respond to a question asking how that executive is doing now or who he is. She referred a reporter to a Web page on CleanStim. The Houston company, with operations in about 80 countries, has said the product shouldn't be considered edible.

“I thought if this stuff was so benign, why wouldn't the CEO drink it himself?,” said Environmental Defense Fund's Mark Brownstein, who saw the demonstration. “My second thought, more seriously, is on the one hand, I'm pleased to see Halliburton is taking steps to remove toxic chemicals from hydraulic fracturing fluid. ... I also do in some ways think the stunt is very much indicative of the problem the industry has in assuring the public that they are in fact taking public concerns seriously.”



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