Ark. oil and gas panel votes to require drillers to disclose ingredients of fracking fluids
By Associated Press
7:40 p.m. CST, December 7, 2010
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission has voted to require gas-well drillers to reveal all the chemicals they use to break up underground rock formations in a process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is intended to free up natural gas.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that the commission voted Tuesday to join Wyoming as the only two states requiring full disclosure of chemicals and fluids used in natural gas wells. The rule is to take effect Jan. 15.
Concerns have been raised about possible groundwater contamination from the fracking fluids. Some drilling companies have been reluctant to release the information about chemicals used in the fracking process, calling it proprietary information. But as the federal government has taken an interest in the issue, that is starting to change.