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Montana Board Approves Frac Chemical Rule Changes

Minor modifications of requirements to disclose the composition of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing were approved by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation during a meeting early in October.

Operators will be required to justify trade secret information for chemicals, in cases where they do not list proprietary ingredients.

Environmental groups want the board to give more notice on the use of fracing chemicals so that landowners near the well locations can do water tests before operations start. They want more than the 48 hour-notice that is required now.

Jim Halvorson, administrator to the board, said that on most drilling projects, information about the chemicals used for fracing is given to the board 45 days ahead of drilling.

In other business, the board imposed a $1,000 fine against Pronghorn Petroleum Joint Venture for failing appear before the board to pay an injection well fee. The board believes the company has gone out of business, and it wants to revoke the permit for the Halmans-Federal 1-26 injection well in Fallon County in Sec. 26, T11N-R32.

The board also imposed a $1,000 fine against Shadwell Resources Group LLC of Sidney, MT for failure to appear before the board to remedy field violations at its Richland County well, Velma SWD 1-10H in Sec. 10, T23N-R58E.

The board revoked the $10,000 bond of Wind River Hydrocarbon of Aurora, CO for failing to appear before the board and failure to plug and abandon its Valley County well, Cornwell 1-14 in Sec.10, T30N-R38E. The company has also gone out of business, the board said.