Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

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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."
- 1559 - [September 10, 2014] -, Michael Winter - "Major firm to disclose fracking chemicals"
"In a major shift quietly announced Thursday, a leading hydraulic fracturing supplier said it would begin disclosing all of the chemicals used in so-called fracking without regard to trade secrets.
Houston-based Baker Hughes said it "believes it is possible to disclose 100% of the chemical ingredients we use in hydraulic fracturing fluids without compromising our formulations — a balance that increases public trust while encouraging commercial innovation.""
- 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."
- 1561 - [November 12, 2014] - STI Group, STI Group - "A Look At The Hydraulic Fracking Process and How It Works"
"In the first part of this three part article series on hydraulic fracking we provided a brief overview of the process and discussed how it has changed and developed over time. This second part will get more in-depth about the process of hydraulic fracking itself, how it works, and what fluids and equipment are needed to make it recover oil and gas."