Oklahoma entities launch online hydraulic fracturing registry: FracFocus.org

Two Oklahoma City-based entities have launched an online registry for oil and natural gas companies to disclose the chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing operations.
BY JAY F. MARKS Business Writer jmarks@opubco.com Published: April 12, 2011
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“Providing further information about our drilling, completing and producing operations in today's environment is more critical than ever, and we believe this new public registry provides an immediate, workable and accurate way to present information about the additives of our hydraulic fracturing operations to all of our stakeholders,” he said. “We encourage every other producer and their respective service company partners to enthusiastically embrace this approach.”

Richard Luedecke, vice president of Devon's environment, health and safety group, said the new website should help answer the public's questions about hydraulic fracturing.

“Devon has already begun posting information on this website, and the registry will be an important component of our reporting process going forward,” he said.

Chesapeake and Devon are among two dozen oil and gas producers that have volunteered to disclose the chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing operations on the website. Eleven have begun using the site already.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission Chairwoman Dana Murphy also urged producers from across the country to participate in the registry.

“This site is strongly supported by both regulators and the industry in Oklahoma, both of whom have provided input into the site's creation,” she said. “It is more important than ever that the facts be separated from fiction when it comes to hydraulic fracturing.”

The Corporation Commission requires companies working in Oklahoma to disclose what chemicals are used in drilling or completing a well, but reports that must be filed with the agency do not include a detailed chemical analysis.

Frac Focus: Chemical Disclosure Registry