Railroad Commission of Texas Finalizes Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Regulations

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On December 13, 2011, the Railroad Commission of Texas ("Commission") finalized regulations requiring oil and gas operators to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing treatments ("fracking"). Please CLICK HERE for the full text of the adopted regulations (See alert below for links). The regulations will apply to hydraulically fractured wells which receive initial drilling permits on or after February 1, 2012. Coincidentally, on the same day the Railroad Commission finalized these regulations, Colorado also finalized regulations requiring disclosure of fracking chemicals.

Statutory Authorization

The Texas regulations directly implement Texas HB 3328. Passed by the Texas legislature earlier this year, HB 3328 was among the first legislation in the country to mandate the disclosure of chemicalsused in fracking. Please CLICK HERE for additional information regarding HB 3328.

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