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Chief Oil & Gas discloses frac fluids

September 02, 2010
The natural gas industry has balked at recent attempts to force drillers to disclose what fluids are used in the hydraulic fracturing process, but Dallas-based Chief Oil & Gas has announced it will share its secrets.

From PR Newswire:

Starting on October 1, Chief will voluntarily submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) detailed information about additives used in the completion process of hydraulic fracturing natural gas wells that Chief operates in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

"It is our hope that this voluntary disclosure of the additives used at each well site, along with the volumes, dilution factors and classifications will help alleviate the public's concern and increase the open, honest and transparent communication that has been a Chief value since its start in 1994," said Michael Radler, Chief Operating Officer.

"The Marcellus Shale is an enormous opportunity for all who live miles above it and Chief is fully committed to working to achieve the proper balance while developing this game-changing U.S. natural gas resource. Our commitment includes working together with the communities around our operations; respecting and protecting all natural resources; repairing, sometimes in advance, the roads we travel with our trucks and equipment; a focus on hiring locally which includes working with education and training initiatives and our decade-long dedication to community outreach and education.  To date, Chief has hosted or participated in hundreds of community education events throughout the Marcellus Shale and has hosted more than 200 field tours of Chief operations to showcase shale drilling and production."
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