More information is now available on oil and natural gas wells drilled throughout Oklahoma.
Beginning Wednesday, operators of all oil and gas wells in the state must report the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing either directly to the website FracFocus.org or to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which will add the information to the FracFocus database.
The new regulation is an extension of a rule that required operators of horizontal wells in the state to disclose the makeup of their fracking fluids beginning in 2013.
The rules initially targeted only horizontal wells because that category represents most of the larger operators and about three-quarters of the wells drilled in Oklahoma in 2013, Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy said.
“It's important to go ahead and include all wells because we want to treat all operators the same, but you have to focus where most of the activity is first,” Murphy said.
Corporation Commission rules for many years have required operators to report the chemicals used in drilling operation only if the commission asked for it.
Many operators began reporting their fracking fluid voluntarily in 2011 when FracFocus.org became operational.