Texas Leads the Way on Transparency
The Texas Legislature recently became the first legislature in the country to pass a bill that requires companies to disclose the components of hydraulic fracturing fluids on a well-by-well basis on a public website: FracFocus.org. The Texas Law for Disclosure of Hydraulic Fracturing (HB 3328) became effective on September 1, 2011, and mandates the Texas Railroad Commission to develop rules and regulations governing disclosure of the chemicals and total volume of water used in the hydraulic fracturing process.
This first-in-the-nation legislation exemplifies the state's commitment to public health and safety as we access our abundant Texas natural resources.
Texas has a comprehensive regulatory regimen governing oil and natural gas production. For nearly a century, that regimen has been managed by the Railroad Commission of Texas through the Oil and Gas Division. The Commission regulates all oil and natural gas drilling, including robust permitting and oversight processes for injection disposal wells. It also has a number of requirements to ensure the safety of the disposal process.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) regulates environmental aspects, including water.
Click here to learn about Federal Regulations that complement state activities.
Utilizing these safe and responsible practices while developing the state’s home grown natural gas resources will fuel a bright future for Texas.
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