On August 15, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) approved its draft report addressing risks of hydraulic fracturing in shale gas drilling.
The draft report contains a number of recommendations to address potential risks from the use of hydraulic fracturing techniques for natural gas drilling in shale formations, including:
- formation of an industry-based organization to promote the use of best practices;
- a manifest system to document all transfers, treatment and disposal of waste waters;
- promulgation of a federal rule requiring broad public disclosure of all chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, and a limited shield for trade secrets and confidential business information; and
- reduction of air emissions, including control of ozone precursors and control of the greenhouse gas methane.
The SEAB is taking comment on the draft report until November 18.