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Conference Call on Hydraulic Fracturing

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 26, 2010

Yesterday API hosted a conference call about hydraulic fracturing with 14 bloggers who previously expressed a strong interest in this 60-year-old drilling practice.

Among the topics discussed was the makeup of fracking fluids used to create fissures in hard-rock formations allowing oil and/or natural gas to flow up the wellbore.

As API's representatives explained to the bloggers, fracking fluids are 99.51 percent water and sand, and the chemicals used in the fluids are posted online and at drill sites. To suggest that the industry won't divulge the fluids' chemical compositions is a "red herring," commented Erik Milito, API's group director for Upstream and Industry Operations.

We always post the audio files and the transcripts of these conference calls online. Anyone who has an interest in hydraulic fracturing and its impact on U.S. energy supplies and the economy can access the audio and transcript from yesterday's conference call below.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.