By Ben DuBose
HOUSTON -- ExxonMobil on Friday called for the adoption of a
systematic hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure program in
Europe to provide further information to communities, policymakers and regulators about
natural gas development technologies.
Natural gas from shale holds tremendous promise in
many places in Europe due to its lower carbon intensity and suitability for
power generation, but we want policymakers and the public to be
confident that it can be produced safely and responsibly,
said Rex W. Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil in a keynote speech at
IHSs CERAWeek 2012 energy conference.
More than two years ago, ExxonMobil said it demonstrated its
commitment to disclosure of hydraulic fracturing fluids by
working with US state regulatory agencies to help create the
FracFocus website, an online registry where companies submit
data about chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing of oil
and natural gas wells.
The site is managed through a partnership with the Ground
Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas
ExxonMobil said it proposes that a similar initiative be
developed in Europe.
ExxonMobil believes that a comprehensive disclosure
program allows citizens and communities to consider this technology with a strong factual
foundation, said Tillerson.
We believe that will lead to open discussion about environmental protection and risk
management, and the potential benefits of shale development in
While shale natural gas development is in its early stages
in Europe, the resource has the potential to play a significant
role in helping meet Europes energy requirements
over coming decades, according to the company.
Natural gas has a lower carbon intensity than other fossil
fuels, and emits up to 60% less carbon dioxide emissions than coal when used in
power generation, ExxonMobil said.
By disclosing the specific content of the small amount of
chemicals mixed with the water and sand for hydraulic
fracturing, Tillerson said industry provided important
information to those interested in shale development.
Today, FracFocus in the US allows communities and
policymakers in the area of a potential drilling site to
understand the components of fracking fluids - and to recognize
that the majority of ingredients are safe and already widely
used in many other applications, including consumer products,
the company said.
Tillerson said industry should share its experiences and
knowledge in this area with policymakers, regulators and
The CERAWeek 2012 conference takes place from March 5-9 at
the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas. For more details on the
event, click here.
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