Website provides voluntary fracking data
Several energy companies operating in northwest Colorado have agreed to publicly disclose on a new website information regarding the constituents of hydraulic fracturing fluids used in specific wells.
The site, http://www.fracfocus.org, is scheduled to go live on Monday and is a joint project of the Groundwater Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. The council consists of state regulatory agencies and the commission is an organization of governors of oil- and gas-producing states.
The site will provide voluntarily disclosed information on fracturing fluid chemicals used on a well-by-well basis. It will apply only to wells drilled after Jan. 1 of this year.
Williams, the largest natural gas producer in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin, already has begun posting information to the site. Other companies in the Piceance that also have agreed to participate are ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil Corp. and ExxonMobil.
In total, as of Thursday, eight companies had begun reporting information to the site and 12 more had agreed to do so. But the site’s creators expect to see many more companies participate.
David Neslin, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, said in a statement, “We have actively supported this effort to make hydraulic fracturing information more accessible to the public, and we applaud the many Colorado operators who are participating. We think this will be a useful tool for citizens as well as an important step for industry in its efforts to better educate the public about energy development.”