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New Wyoming oil and gas rules take effect Sept. 15

Submitted by rebecca on August 30, 2010 – 10:59 amNo Comment


     
     CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Starting Sept. 15, Wyoming will force the
oil and gas industry to reveal details about chemicals used in
drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other drilling operations.
     Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process used to
stimulate the flow of hydrocarbons.
     But fracking has also come under scrutiny for fear the process
could contaminate drinking water supplies. Many different chemicals
can be used in fracking, and the industry insisted it didn’t have
to disclose individual recipes because companies considered those
proprietary.
     But officials with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation
Commission say the information will be readily available under the
new rules.
     While a company may request that specific fluid blends be kept
confidential, commission supervisor Tom Doll said it will be a
little more difficult to claim information is confidential.
     —
     Information from: Casper Star-Tribune

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