STRONGER Study

Arkansas Hydraulic Fracturing State Review

A targeted review of Arkansas’ hydraulic fracturing oversight has been completed by a multi-stakeholder review team appointed by the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, Inc. (STRONGER).

During the period November 2011 through January 2012, a seven-person review team appointed by STRONGER conducted a review to evaluate the hydraulic fracturing programs compared to the 2010 Hydraulic Fracturing Guidelines.

"The review team has concluded that the Arkansas hydraulic fracturing program is well managed and professional and generally meets STRONGER’s hydraulic fracturing guidelines. The review team also made some specific recommendations for improvement based on the guidelines," said Lori Wrotenbery, Director of the Oil and Gas Conservation Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, who served as chairman of the review team.

The Arkansas hydraulic fracturing regulatory program was singled out for updating its hydraulic fracturing rules, developing a water well complaint protocol that could serve as an example to other states, and its user friendly and educational web site.

The review team has also made recommendations for notification prior to hydraulic fracturing to enable field inspectors the opportunity to monitor hydraulic fracturing operations, increased funding to continue support of ADEQ positions that were funded for two years by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and funding to increase AOGC staffing to a level sufficient to meet Commission inspection goals.

Recommendations from the study have been implemented in the Fayetteville Shale.