• Welcome to FracFocus 2.0! We're excited about our latest upgrades designed to dramatically enhance the site's functionality for the public, state regulatory agencies and industry users. Our user-friendly 'Find A Well' chemical disclosure registry now includes more extensive search options.

    FracFocus continues to evolve and expand, adding more participating companies and reported wells from across the country. Our continued success is the result of nationally recognized organizations working with state governments 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.

  • Why are chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing?

    Chemicals are used for many purposes in hydraulic fracturing. Some chemicals are designed to inhibit bacterial growth. These are called biocides. Others make fluids flow down the casing more easily. These are called friction reducers. Without these and other chemicals, the effectiveness of the fracturing job would be limited. Read more...

  • Solving the most common problems encountered in FracFocus

    There are a number of common problems which occur with regularity when using FracFocus.  The following is a list of the most often encountered problems and the most like solutions to these problems.

    1.  I submitted a registration to FracFocus but have not received an approval

    Responses:  The most likely cause is that the FracFocus administrator has been unable to certify that you work for the company for which the registration was submitted.  If you do not receive a response from the administrator within 1 week of submitting your registration you should contact the administrator at [email protected] to verify the cause for the delay.

    2. I registered to use FracFocus and received my account approval but when I attempt to login I receive an error message.

    Responses:  The most common causes of login failure are: 1. Failure to include the special character you used in your password, 2. Use of an incorrect e-mail address.

    3. I am the company/ agency representative but I cannot submit a disclosure

    Response:  In order to submit a disclosure you must use the Add/ Manage Accounts to make yourself a Supervisor and Data Submitter if you are an Operator, or a User if you are a Service Company or State Agency.  If you select Add/ Manage Accounts you will see a button in the top center of the screen that says Make Me a Supervisor, Make Me a Data Submitter, or Make Me a User.  If you click that button you will be assigned to this/ those roles and your Dashboard will change to reflect all of the functions available to that class of user.

    4. When I attempt to register the system tells me I cannot use the e-mail address I have entered.

    Response:  The most likely cause of this error is that the e-mail has either been submitted for registration before or is already in use by another user.  E-mail addresses must be unique. Try to register using another e-mail address.

    5.  The system doesn't have any way for me to change the company representative.

    Response:   Since the company representative is the highest ranking person in the company as far as the FracFocus system is concerned, this person can only be changed by the FracFocus system manager.  If you need to change a company representative, contact Mark Layne of ALL Consulting at [email protected]

    6. When I attempt to view a pdf my browser will not open the file.

    Response:  This problem is most likely related to your browsers security settings.  See the FAQ titled "How do the search forms work"

    7. When I enter a disclosure using the form in FracFocus I get Warnings and Errors when a validate the disclosure.  Will this prevent me from submitting the record.

    Response:  Warnings will not prevent submission of a record.  However, Errors will.  Warnings are designed to let you know that one or more of your entries does not match the standard format of a FracFocus field (e.g. Improper CAS number format).  These Warnings should be checked but they will not prevent submission of a record.  Errors must be corrected before a disclosure can be submitted.

    8. Why do I get an upload failure message when I submit my xml file?

    Responses:  The most common causes of xml upload failure are
    a.    The first 3 lines and last 2 lines of the xml file do not appear as follows at a minimum:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    -<FracFocus2_0 xmlns="FracFocus2_0.xsd" >


    b.    There is a null value in a required field (E.g. Datum); or
    c.    This is a blank tag in a numeric element such as TVD – True Vertical Depth

  • How deep is the typical fracture job?

    It depends upon the zone being fractured. For example, the following chart shows the area and depths of the 5 predominant shale gas zones in the U.S.


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10/22/2014 FracFocus Help Desk now available

FracFocus has instituted a Help Desk to address any issues you may have in using the system.  You can reach the Help Desk Monday-Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM and on Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM CDT at 405-607-6808.

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