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Hart's E&P Guest Article: Texas Adopts Fracing Disclosure Rules -- Stall Off Feds?
Michael J. Mazzone
One-rule-for-all is what the shale gas industry could face concerning a federal regulation limiting a gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracing. The Lone Star State, perhaps mindful of the risk of new federal disclosure regulations, was the first to establish proactively its own law on fracing chemicals in an attempt to satisfy claimed environmental concerns and possibly avoid a federal remedy.
Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature approved a measure to require companies to disclose the contents of fracking fluids. While water (more increasingly recycled water) and proppants are the predominant ingredients, chemicals can equate to approximately one percent of fracing fluids.
The new Texas law is clearly directed at addressing concerns asserted by some environmentalists and others.
Excerpt from Hart's E&P, August 17, 2011. To view the full article, click here.