14 Dec '11, 9am

Colorado OKs Toughest Fracking Fluid Rules in U.S. via @earthindustry

Colorado OKs Toughest Fracking Fluid Rules in U.S. via @earthindustry

After hearing more than 11 hours of testimony in a meeting last week, Colorado regulators Tuesday approved tough new rules governing chemicals used in the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing. Also known as "fracking," hydraulic fracturing is a process whereby a slurry of water, sand and chemicals are pumped into a well at very high pressure to force natural gas out of shale rock formations. The new rules require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals—and their concentrations—found in the fracking fluid. Meeting all day on Tuesday with environmental groups, industry representatives and other stakeholders, the nine-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission unanimously approved the new rules which will take effect in April 2012. Building upon a set of rules passed by Colorado regulators in 2008 mandating disclosure of fracking chemicals to state regu...

Full article: http://earthandindustry.com/2011/12/colorado-fracking-flu...

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