Driller begins voluntary frac disclosures

Tulsa-based Williams is among the first energy producers to start disclosing the additives used in hydraulic fracturing in a national registry available online, company officials said Thursday.

“This is a concerted effort to put transparency on display in a very public way,” says Todd Thompson, an environmental specialist who provides support for Williams’ Barnett Shale operations.

“Our goal is to satisfy the call for more information about the fracturing process.”

The website – www.fracfocus.org – was created by the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and will be a storehouse for information about oil and gas wells developed in 2011 and beyond, according to the executive director of the Ground Water Protection Council.

“We have already uploaded information for 11 wells in the United States, including one of our wells in Flower Mound that was fractured on Jan. 6,” according to a press release from Williams.

The press release noted that “water and sand comprised almost 99.8 percent of the frac fluid” at the Flower Mound site.

New information will appear in the registry as wells are completed and Williams will also be adding information for three other fracs that were performed on their wells in Flower Mound earlier this year, according to their press release.

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