Indiana and fracking
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Between 2005 and 2010, as many as 23 percent of the new oil and gas wells drilled in Indiana used hydraulic fracturing.
Hydraulic fracturing was first introduced in the Illinois Basin in the early to mid-1950's to increase production from oil wells in Illinois, Indiana, and western Kentucky. According to the state's Division of Oil and Gas, the practice has been widely used here ever since.
New Albany Shale, Illinois Basin
The Devonian-Mississippian New Albany Shale produces gas in the southeast Illinois Basin in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. The New Albany has been a gas producer in this area for more than 100 years, but recent higher gas prices and improved well completion technology have increased drilling activity. Wells are 250 to 2000 feet deep. The gas is described as having a mixed biogenic and thermogenic origin.
Legislative issues and regulations
New rules that temporarily add noncode provisions to govern hydraulic fracturing became effective on July 1, 2012, requiring companies to report the materials and the volume of chemicals used in the fracturing fluid. Companies, however, may withhold information they deem confidential without justification or oversight. The rules require partial pre-fracturing disclosure or notice of all the chemicals that may be used.
- ↑ Amanda Solliday, "Indiana DNR Mandates Companies To Report Fracking Chemicals," Indiana Public Media, September 14, 2012.
- ↑ "Facts About Hydraulic Fracturing in Indiana," Indiana DNR, accessed Apr 2013.
- ↑ "New NRDC analysis: State fracking disclosure laws fall painfully short," NRDC, July 26, 2012.
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