• 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.

    Learn More About Casing
  • 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.

    Learn More About Casing
    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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FracFocus machine-readable data now available!

FracFocus is pleased to announce the release of disclosure data to the public in machine-readable (SQL) format.

By clicking the button below you may download a ZIP file that contains a copy of the disclosure database.

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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
  • What information is contained in the hydraulic fracturing records?

    The following is a list of elements contained in the hydraulic fracturing records viewable on this site and an explanation of what each element means.

    The header of each fracturing record contains the following information:

    1. Fracture date:  This is the date on which the fracturing associated with the record occurred

    2. State: The  name of the state in which the surface location of the well is located

    3. County:  The name of the county within the state

    4. API Number:  This number is assigned under a system developed by the American Petroleum Institute.  API
    numbers are formatted as nn-nnn-nnnnn-nn-nn with the first 2 numbers designating the state, the second 3 numbers
    designating the county within the state and the next 5 numbers designating the particular well within the county.
    When present, the next 2 numbers are a  directional sidetrack code to designate the number of horizontal or
    directional offshoots from a single vertical borehole and the final 2  numbers are an event sequence code used to
    designate multiple activities conducted at a single well such as recompletion, treatment etc… (A list of the state
    and county codes can be found at https://www.spwla.org/content/api-standards-information)

    5. Operator Name:  This is the name of the company

    6. Well Name:  This is typically the name of the property owner on whose land the well is located.  In the
    case of multiple property owners pooled under a single unit, the name of the majority property owner is often
    used.  The number on the well may designate the chronological sequence of wells drilled.
    (Example: The Smith #2 might designate the second well drilled on the Smith lease).  However, this is not a universal naming convention.

    7. Longitude:  This the east-west coordinate location of the well on the earth in degrees, minutes and seconds

    8. Latitude: This is the north-south coordinate location of the well on the earth in degrees, minutes and
    seconds

    9. Latitude/ Longitude Projection:  This is the particular projection method for the Latitude/ Longitude (e.g.
    North American Datum (NAD) 27 or 83)

    10. True Vertical Depth:  This is the absolute depth of the well measured from the surface to the deepest point
    of penetration

    11. Total Water Volume:  This is the total amount of water in gallons used as the carrier fluid for the
    hydraulic fracturing job.  It may include recycled water and newly acquired water.

    12. Production Type:  This designates the well type (e.g. Oil, Gas)

    In addition to the general information shown above, each record contains information about the specific chemicals used during the fracturing process.  The following is a list of the chemical information shown on the fracturing record:

    1. Trade Name:  This is the name of the product designated by the supplier

    2. Supplier:  This is the name of the service company that supplied the product (e.g. Schlumberger,
    Halliburton)

    3. Purpose:  This is the function served by the additive (Trade Name) in the fracturing process (e.g.
    surfactant, biocide etc…)

    4. Ingredients:  This is the scientific name of the chemical (e.g. Ethanol, Naphthalene etc…)

    5. Chemical Abstract Service or CAS Number:  This is a number assigned by a division of the American Chemical
    Society for the purpose of identifying a specific substance.  You can learn more about the toxicity characteristics of chemicals by searching for the chemical using the name or CAS number on the USEPA National Center for Computational Toxicology  website.  USEPA also maintains a Drinking Water Hotline that is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM Eastern time at 1-800-426-4791.


    6. Ingredient Percentage in Additive by % Mass:  This describes the amount of ingredient within the additive
    (Trade Name) as a percent of the total mass of the additive. Note:  Because the % Mass of the additive will be expressed as its maximum concentration, the total % Mass of ingredient percentage may exceed 100%.

    7. Ingredient Concentration in HF (Hydraulic fracturing) fluid % by mass:  This describes the amount of ingredient as a percent of the total mass of the HF fluid including carrier fluid and additives. Note: The total may not equal 100% due to the absence of non MSDS ingredients which may or may not be listed depending upon state reporting requirements.

  • How long after fracturing is a record usually posted on FracFocus?

    Although the length of time it takes to post a record to Fracfocus varies by state the overall average time taken to post records to FracFocus is 79 days following the Job End Date on the record.

  • FracFocus is telling me the well I entered is outside the county boundaries?

    FracFocus says my well location is not within the county boundaries but I know it is not.  What could be the problem?

    FracFocus uses a bounding box surrounding the identified county of the well to test the location spot provided for the well.  The wells location is required to be entered in Decimal Degrees.  The validation test is to make sure that the well is located within the county identified from the API Well Number supplied for the well that is being reported on.  Many times an operator will have the well’s location reported to them in a format know as Degrees-Minutes-Seconds (D-M-S) and that location may appear as:

    NAD83:
    Lat: 32o06’03.458”
    Long: 101o39’04.112”

    The above format is not correct for entering into FracFocus.  We have seen a number of operators try to enter this information in as 32.0603458 and -101.3904112.  Again this would be wrong.  The proper way is to convert the above information from Degress,Minutes and Seconds to Decimal Degrees.  There are a number of conversion tools available for free on the internet.  One is located at:

    http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/DDDMMSS-decimal.html

    By entering the above numbers into the conversion tool we get the following Lat/Long in Decimal Degrees that can be entered into FracFocus.

    NAD83:
    Lat: 32.100961
    Long: 101.651142

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4/12/2016 FracFocus Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary

Oklahoma City, OK - Five years ago, the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission partnered with a vision to provide the public a one-stop site to access information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations by location. The partners launched FracFocus.org, the national hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure registry on April 11, 2011.

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