One of the contentious issues in gas development for the public is the water mixture that is pumped into the well to fracture the shale. This fluid contains a variety of additives to reduce pumping pressures, keep the sand in suspension, and many other factors.
- - 1517 - [March 20, 2015] - SkyTruth, SkyTruth - "Federal Bureau’s Rule on Fracking Violates President’s Open Data Policy"
- "Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) consigned the American public to remain ill-informed about hydraulic fracturing taking place on millions of acres of public property. The Bureau’s long-awaited “fracking rule” designates FracFocus, an industry-funded data repository, as the mechanism for public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing at oil and gas drilling sites on federal and Indian lands. The ruling also affects 58 million acres of "split-estate" lands where the BLM controls the minerals but the surface is owned by private citizens, states, or other non-Federal entities."
- - 1560 - [April 25, 2014] - USA Today, Trevor Hughes - "Study: Many common chemicals found in fracking fluid"
- "Fracking fluid used to help boost oil well production contains many of the same chemicals found in toothpaste, laundry detergent and laxatives, a new study says.
Scientists from the University of Colorado-Boulder obtained and tested fracking fluid samples from five states. Drilling companies zealously guard the specific recipes for their fluid, which helps fracture underground rock deposits to release trapped oil and gas that otherwise wouldn't come out. The technique, although long used in the industry, has gained new popularity over the past decade and allows drillers to extract oil and gas from areas that would otherwise be dry."