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.