Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Bill Positions Texas as Energy Policy Leader

June 22, 2011

With the passage of landmark legislation co-sponsored by Senator Nelson, Texas has become the first state in the nation to require oil and gas operators publicly disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid.

"This disclosure requirement demonstrates our commitment to maximize the economic benefits of the Barnett Shale in a way that also protects our environment and the public health," Senator Nelson said.

She represents Senate District 12, which is in the Barnett Shale formation where gas drilling has provided economic benefits but also raised concerns about its effects on air and water quality. During the "fracking" process, a mixture of water, sand and chemical additives is pumped under high pressure into the shale formation to create small fractures. The newly created fractures allow the natural gas to flow into the wellbore where it is collected at the surface.

HB 3328 requires all chemicals used in the process to be reported and publicly disclosed. The bill was supported by industry and environmental groups.

The Texas Oil & Gas Association praised Senator Nelson for her leadership in crafting and passing this legislation.

Senator Nelson also co-authored a new law that increased the number of air monitors in the Barnett Shale.