Oil and Gas Drillers Must Report Water Sources

Oil and Gas Drillers Must Report Water Sources

POSTED: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 9:52am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The state conservation office this month will begin enforcing a new requirement that oil and gas companies report the water sources they use for the practice of hydraulic fracturing - pumping liquids into wells under high pressure to open underground fractures and increase production.

Conservation Commissioner James Welsh told The Times newspaper that companies already are responding to the new requirement that they identify the water well number or water body name from which their water is drawn.

The requirement is in response to rapid development of the Haynesville Shale natural gas formation in northwest Louisiana, where area residents have been worried about possible depletion of underground water sources.