SRF Budgets Take Beating, Pipeline Safety In Focus, Fracing Initiative Announced

May 2011, Vol. 66 No. 5

Jeff Cloud, vice chairman, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, told the Senate committee hydraulic fracturing has been used for over 60 years in Oklahoma, and more than 100,000 Oklahoma wells have been hydraulically fractured over that period. "Over that more than half century of hydraulic fracing experience, there has not been a single documented instance of contamination to groundwater or drinking water as result of hydraulic fracturing," he said.

In terms of disclosing use of fracing chemicals, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), who accompanied LaHood and Quarterman to Pennsylvania on April 4, reintroduced the FRAC Act in the Senate in mid-March. That bill had been introduced in the last session of Congress, but no action had been taken. The FRAC Act would require producers to disclose fracing fluid composition to the EPA under the Safe Drinking Water Act. States would make that information public.