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The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission unanimously approved a rule Tuesday requiring full disclosure of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process of natural-gas drilling, making it one of the first states to adopt such a measure.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 12/08/2010

Print Headline: List all that’s in fracturing fluid, state tells drillers


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  • LevitiCuss
    December 8, 2010 at 9:34 a.m.

    It's a great first step to reigning in some of the NG companies' shoddy operating practices. Maybe this will help those whose wells have been tainted "prove" that their perfectly good well BEFORE the frakking is now tainted AFTER the frakking, and maybe, just maybe, the frakking had something to do with it. Really love the industry BS about how their operations occur hundreds of feet below the water table. Does it take a rocket-scientist to realize that they have drilled a hole connecting the two levels? Is it really beyond the realm of possibility that contamination could occur by way of this channel they created? Unbelievable!

  • Brobinson13605120916
    December 8, 2010 at 10:47 a.m.

    THANK YOU!!!! Arkansas oil and gas commission for placing environmental restrictions on the oil/gas companies that are raping and reaping the benefits of gas in NW Arkansas.
    I recently saw a documentary that showed a farmer, using a match, ignite a stream polluted with chemicals and gas on his property.
    It goes without saying that you can bet your last dollar that the aquifer under the farmers land had been polluted.

    One of the biggest proponents of natural gas well drilling is T. Boone "Con Artist" Pickens from Texas. Do you think Pickens cares about the underground water supply in Arkansas?
    Let's keep Arkansas THE NATURAL STATE.

  • Karona
    December 10, 2010 at 8:58 a.m.

    We need ALL chemical names released. If the gas companies are allowed to keep some names secrets due to "trade secrets," they could use that excuse for any and all names. NO LOOPHOLES!! Contact Larry Bengal to let him know that we need ALL chemical names disclosed!!