A new public information website, FracFocus.org, was launched in Oklahoma, April 11, 2011. The identity of potentially poisonous and controversial chemicals used by oil and gas exploration companies in hydraulic fracturing remained unknown to the public, for a myriad of reasons.
During the completion of directionally drilled oil and gas wells, steps are taken to improve production of the oil bearing sands. Hydraulic fracturing involves forcing chemicals, acids, pellets, sand and other materials at high pressure into a well bore in order to liberate oil and gas thereby making the well bore more productive. Well fracking has generated tremendous controversy among environmentalists and members of the green party.
Environmentalists, ever suspicious of all activities that make money for big business, have voiced protests and mounted negative public relation campaigns against energy companies and fracking operations, in the mistaken belief that the operations thousands of feet underground, below the water table, must affect ground water.
Hydraulic Fracturing is a practice that for the last fifty years has been regulated by government agencies, and is a vitally important part of the well completion process, however; the actual ingredients of the mixture used to fracture the formation have been shrouded in mystery. Industry officials in the oil and gas industry maintain that fracking does not pollute ground water nor cause water wells to become spoiled. Time will tell if the industry officials are correct.
Major energy exploration companies in Oklahoma will provide the information to the new web site complete with their secret chemical recipes.
The Web Site: FracFocus.org, launched by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Compact Commission was developed in order to provide a forum for the listing of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operation. More information to the public promises to ameliorate the doubting mind of environmentalists. According to news sources, the web site has the support of Chesapeake Energy and Devon Exploration. Thus, it should be a success.