• FracFocus is continuing to evolve and expand its performance and versatility by providing more than a dozen enhancements including: 

    • Expand the public’s ability to search records
    • Improve data accuracy
    • Provide extraction of data in a “machine readable” format
    • Update educational information on chemical use, oil & gas production    and potential environmental impacts

    These upgrades will be designed to dramatically enhance the site’s functionality for the public, state regulatory agencies and industry users. 

    Adding more participating companies and reported wells from across the country, FracFocus’ continued success is the result of state and federal government agencies and the oil and natural gas industry to provide public transparency.

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  • This technique uses a specially blended liquid which is pumped into a well under extreme pressure causing cracks in rock formations underground. These cracks in the rock then allow oil and natural gas to flow, increasing resource production.

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  • Casing is the multiple layers of steel and cement inside the drilled hole used to protect water aquifers. The specific length, thickness, strength and composition of casing is regulated at the state level.

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    Illustration Courtesy of the Texas Oil & Gas Association.
  • Use the interactive map to find regulations per state as well as contact information for groundwater protection and oil and natural gas production.

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Groundwater Protection: Priority Number One

Oil and natural gas producers have stringent requirements for how wells must be completed. The genesis of these requirements is water safety.

Casing is the first line of defense used to protect freshwater aquifers.

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Find Well

Search for nearby well sites that have been hydraulically fractured to see what chemicals were used in the process.

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FAQs
  • Will FracFocus 2.0 convert a FracFocus 1.0 Excel template to the new XML schema?

    The FracFocus system does not have a utility to convert FracFocus 1.0 Excel templates to FracFocus 2.0 XML files.  However, if you have someone who can develop a program to do so it should not affect your FracFocus 2.0 submission provided the resulting XML file meets the schema as shown at the following link:

    http://www.fracfocusdata.org/FracFocusXMLDocumentExample.xml



  • How can my company become a FracFocus participating company and begin entering records?

    To become a “FracFocus” participating company please follow the instructions below:

     •     Open the website www.hydraulicfracturingdisclosure.org 

         Click on Register in the menu on the right hand side of the home page

         Complete the form and submit

         Wait for a confirmation e-mail

         Establish yourself as a Supervisor and a Data Submitter

         Assign other Supervisors and Data Submitters (as necessary)

         Download the Excel template

         Begin entering and submitting records

    Please note that only 1 representative per company is allowed but any number of supervisors and data submitters can be approved.  At present, representatives must work for the company that is to be registered.  For security reasons, the system cannot accommodate third party agents.

    You can obtain further information about registration and system usage from the Quick How To Guide

  • How is water used in hydraulic fracturing?

    Water acts as the carrier fluid for the chemical additives and propping agents (typically sand) that are used to fracture the producing formation.

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2/26/2015 Major Improvements to FracFocus Announced

As it enters its fourth year, FracFocus, the nationwide system for disclosing chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process, continues to improve its performance and versatility.

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), joint venture partners in the FracFocus initiative, announce the coming release of improvements to FracFocus’ system functionality.  The new features for 2015 include:

Ground Water Protection Council Interstate Oil and Gas