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Colorado’s Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule

On December 13, 2011 Colorado regulators unanimously passed a Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule that requires comprehensive public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing treatments. The rule represents a balanced compromise between industry and environmental groups, providing transparency while protecting proprietary information. According to Mark Brownstein, Chief Counsel of the Environmental Defense Fund’s energy program: “Colorado’s new regulation requires the most disclosure of any state in the country.” Read More »

Exciting as Space Exploration: The New Frontier of Oil & Gas Technology Innovations

Enjoy a good adventure story? The next frontier in innovation with revolutionary potential is in the energy business. Practices engineered decades ago are being refined with historical ramifications. These innovations have made inaccessible oil and gas resources now economically viable. This has implications for energy availability, security, affordability, and sustainability. Innovation is transforming exploration and production as we know it, with potential benefits for every aspect of our society. In this article, we highlight a few areas of exciting innovation in oil and gas exploration and production. Read More »

Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids- Exciting Clean and Green Developments

The fluid formulation is the rocket science behind hydraulic fracturing (HF). A subtle difference in formulation can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of the fracturing treatment in releasing oil and gas resources. The design of each HF process focuses on understanding the reservoir rock and subsurface conditions in order to design HF fluids that can optimize results. Particularly in new areas, such the emerging shale plays, HF optimization is an exciting area of discovery, imagination, development, and ultimately increasing degrees of success. Read More »