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New rules approved by Oklahoma Corporation Commission will require disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicals in state

Oklahoma energy companies will have to disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing at or at the state Corporation Commission, if the Oklahoma Legislature gives final approval to new rules.
by Paul Monies Published: March 21, 2012

Oklahoma energy companies will have to disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing under new rules approved by the state Corporation Commission.

The rules give companies the option of reporting at a website called or to the Corporation Commission. The rules now go to the Legislature for its approval.

Oklahoma would join six other states in requiring disclosure of the chemicals.

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” involves injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to break apart rock formations. The practice, which has been used in Oklahoma for decades, has become controversial as oil and gas drilling expanded into shale formations across the country.

Several Oklahoma companies, including Devon Energy Corp. and Chesapeake Energy Corp., already voluntarily list the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing at the FracFocus website.

The Oklahoma City-based Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission developed the website, which debuted in April 2011.

Some already listed

Lori Wrotenbery, director of the Corporation Commission's oil and gas conservation division, said about 20 percent of the wells hydraulically fractured in Oklahoma have chemical disclosure reports on the FracFocus website. More than 460 Oklahoma wells were listed Tuesday.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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We think it's a great step forward and a great first step. We look forward to expanding on the rule later.”

David Ocamb

Director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Sierra Club


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