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Halliburton frac fluid website unsatisfying to EPA
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Source: Examiner

A new Halliburton website providing general information about the fluids the company uses for hydraulic fracturing of wells in Pennsylvania does not satisfy the U S Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) request for detailed information. Though the company and the EPA may agree on little else about the topic of frac fluids, they do appear to agree on this point.

In the announcement of the new site, Halliburton spokesperson Theresa Wong stated that the content is not intended to satisfy a request for information, in the form of a subpoena, issued by the EPA last week. EPA spokeswoman Betsaida Alcantra adds that the Houston- and Dubai-based oilfield services giant has been given 30 days to respond to our mandatory request for information that is necessary to carry out our congressional mandated study on the potential impact of fracking on drinking water.

The EPA was directed by Congress in 2009 to investigate any potential health and safety risks associated with the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The technique is currently in wide use in Pennsylvania, where the states Marcellus Shale is a hotbed of activity in the shale gas drilling boom. Eight other energy and oilfield services companies active in the state agreed to voluntarily comply with a request for information issued by the agency. The EPA subpoenaed the information from Halliburton on the basis of a company response that allegedly consists of generalized and potentially incomplete information.

The agency has requested specifics concerning the chemicals present in the fluids, the concentrations of those chemicals, and the locations of Halliburton frac jobs, past and future. Halliburtons response so far, according to the EPA, has failed to rise to the level of detail that government scientists need to perform their research.

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