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Hydraulic Fracturing

Scientific evidence in EPA study confirms safety of hydraulic fracturing process

The report by Catalyst Environmental Solutions showing that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finding of no widespread effects to drinking water quality is supported by state and federal regulatory reviews, and dozens of recent peer-reviewed case studies.

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Offshore Sand Control and Well Stimulation Technology

Offshore, a form of sand control technology has been in commercial use since the early 1990’s. Offshore sand control technology combines two mature oil and gas technologies – hydraulic fracturing and gravel pack completions. The result has been a significant improvement in well life and reliability, productivity, and oil and gas recovery.

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Well Integrity and Fracture Containment

This document contains recommended practices for onshore well construction and fracture stimulation design and execution as it relates to well integrity and fracture containment.

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Managing Environmental Aspects Associated with E&P Operations

This document provides recommended practices applicable to the planning and operation of wells, and hydraulically fractured wells. Topics covered include recommendations for managing environmental aspects during planning; site selection; logistics; mobilization, rig-up, and demobilization; and stimulation operations. Also, this document includes guidance for managing environmental aspects during well construction.

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Community Engagement Guidelines

The Community Engagement Guidelines are recommendations designed to promote the safe and responsible development of the nation’s oil and natural gas resources by engaging and respecting the communities where these operations occur.

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Acidizing: Treatment in Oil and Gas Operators

Acidizing is one of the most widely used and effective means available to oil and gas operators for improving productivity (stimulation) of wells.

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Wellbore Pressure and Fluid Communication

Wellbore pressure and fluid communication is the ability to detect pressure variations (increases or decreases) and fluid flows between wellbores during hydraulic fracturing.

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Federal Agency Activities

See details on federal agency activities relating to oil and natural gas operations.

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U.S. Government Officials Comments on Hydraulic Fracturing

A significant body of both government and private research, including DOI’s own research finalized since the original May 2012 proposed rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, continues to show that there are no documented cases of hydraulic fracturing contaminating groundwater, from the Marcellus Shale to California.

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Study: New oil and gas production generates big savings for schools, states

A new study shows that America’s shale energy revolution is saving billions for local schools districts, as well as state and local taxpayers.

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