February 2011, Vol. 238 No. 2

In The News

Gas Groups Back State-based Registry Of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids 

Leaders of the Natural Gas Supply Association and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America have announced support for a new state-based registry for companies to voluntarily disclose the contents of fluids used during the hydraulic fracturing (“fracing”) process common in the completion of shale gas wells. Shale gas accounted for 14% of U.S. production in 2009 and is forecasted to reach 45% by 2035, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The registry is a joint effort by two state regulatory groups tasked with environmental protection and conservation:  the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil & Gas Compa

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