The wait is over! The Department of Energy’s Shale Gas Production Subcommittee has issued a working draft of its 180-Day Report on public safety and environmental impact management for hydraulic fracturing and related activities. The draft echoes the sentiments I’ve seen at Subcommittee meetings over the past few months, namely (1) kudos to the industry for coming together to work out solutions to actual and perceived problems, (2) direction to work harder and faster to address possible and actual safety and environmental impacts, and (3) cooperate quickly to get results.
Having attended a variety of discussions featuring state regulators from Pennsylvania, North Dakota and Ohio, members of Congress like Senators Bingaman and Hoeven, and representatives from working groups like STRONGER and FracFocus, I think that the Subcommittee’s report culminates some thoughtful discussions on what we need to do to keep the natural gas value chain clean, green and safe. We can expect a final 180-day report from the Subcommittee on November 18, 2011, to made available on the Subcommittee’s website.