Companies voluntarily disclose U.S. hydraulic fracturing components

Several oil and gas companies - including Encana's U.S. subsidiary - have agreed to voluntarily disclose fluid components used in U.S. hydraulic fracturing operations online at fracfocus.org. FracFocus is a joint project of the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

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Several oil and gas companies - including Encana's U.S. subsidiary - have agreed to voluntarily disclose fluid components used in U.S. hydraulic fracturing operations online at fracfocus.org. FracFocus is a joint project of the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

The new website includes information about oil and gas wells drilled on or after January 1, 2011. Visitors can review companies, well locations, construction details, the amount of water and proppant used in hydraulic fracturing in specific wells, chemicals used in fracturing fluids in specific wells, trade names of chemicals and their "chemical abstract number" - a nationally recognized identification number assigned to chemicals regardless of their trade names. The site also features general information on the hydraulic fracturing process and state-by-state regulations governing its practice.

We support the increased disclosure of information regarding the composition of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, and we've actively encouraged our suppliers to improve public disclosure of fluid formulations. We also encourage our suppliers to continually advance the development of environmentally responsible fluid components.

We are constantly looking to identify opportunities to improve our disclosure of hydraulic fracturing additives in Canada. We are also continuing to build on our detailed understanding of the products used in hydraulic fracturing to ensure we are using the most responsible fluid formulations and associated risk management practices available.

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