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2012 Legislative Session – HB 957 – Hydraulic Fracturing

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Currently, per the office of conservation rule, the following must be disclosed by the operator of a fractured well: types and volumes (in gal.) of hydraulic fracturing fluid, list of additives used, list of chemical ingredients subject to requirements of 29 CFR 1910.1200(g)(2), and maximum ingredient concentration within the additive.  Notably, ingredients and concentrations of proprietary chemicals are not required. This information can be disclosed to fracfocus.org or the Office of Conservation.

Originally, there was no law requiring the commissioner to promulgate this rule.  Representative Edwards felt that a statute should be in place that would solidify the requirements.In 2012 Rep. Edwards brought a bill doing just that. The bill also expanded some of the disclosure requirements.  His bill mandated reporting be done 20 days after the completion of hydraulic operations and in a manner determined by the commissioner. It also requires the report to contain the type and volume of the hydraulic fracturing fluid; a list of additives used, including the specific trade name and the supplier of the additive; and list of ingredients contained in the hydraulic fracturing fluid, the associated CAS registry number, and the maximum concentration of each chemical ingredient in percent by mass that is subject to certain federal regulations governing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Also, for an ingredient that is subject to trade secret protection under the criteria set forth in 42 U.S.C. 11042(a)(2), the operator shall provide the contact information of the entity claiming trade secret protection and shall report, at a minimum, the chemical family associated with such ingredient. The new law provides that the provisions of it do not apply to operations conducted solely for the purpose of sand control or reduction of near wellbore damage.

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The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association (known before 2006 as LIOGA) was organized in 1992 to represent the Independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production and oilfield services. Our primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana’s oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana.

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  1. Nice article. There’s another more expansive one on the same topic over at API worth checking out.

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