Proposed hydraulic fracturing comment period extended
In order to facilitate greater input from the public and key stakeholders, including industry and public health groups, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it is extending the public comment period for a proposed rule to require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations on Federal and Indian lands.
Currently, there is no specific requirement for operators to disclose these chemicals on Federal and Indian lands, where approximately 90 percent of the wells drilled use hydraulic fracturing to greatly increase the volume of oil and gas available for production.
On May 11, the BLM published a proposed rule that would require public disclosure of chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing after fracturing operations have been completed. As of June 25, the BLM had received more than 170 comments on the proposed rule.