• 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.

    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
  • 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" >
    -<FractureJob>

    </FractureJob>
    </FracFocus2_0>

    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

  • 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...

  • How do the search forms work?

    There are two search forms available in FracFocus:  Map Search and Standard Search.  The data available to be searched upon (e.g., API Number, Operator, State, etc.) is the same on the two forms.  To avoid conflicts in system resources the search screens will only return the top 2,000 disclosures when a search is performed.  The filtering of data and combination of search criteria will be critical to the user to assure that they have retrieved all the available disclosures desired based on this resource limit.

    Each search form uses a winnowing down process that begins with the largest block of records (State) and works its way down to the smallest block of records (API Number).  For example if you enter just the State the search will return the top 2,000 disclosure records for that State.  If you also selected the county the search will return only those records for the particular State AND County you selected and so forth (up to 2,000 disclosures).  If you entered only the API Number the search will return only those disclosure records submitted for that well.  When using an API Number search please note that this could result in more than one disclosure if the well has been fractured more than once.

    The two search forms have been modified (Available in March 2013) to add three new search criteria to the system:

    1. Date search:  This search will allow you to look for disclosures based on the Start and/ or End date of the fracture job and will include a search of before or after either of these dates, a between dates search for either of the dates or an exact date for either date field. 

    2. Chemical name search:  This search will show you a side by side box with the chemicals for which there are records in the system shown in the left box.  To search by a chemical or chemicals all you need to do is use the > symbol to move one or more chemical names from the left box to the right box.  Performing a search on common chemicals, such as water and hydrochloric acid, which are typically used in all fracture jobs, is not allowed as the result would be to return all of the disclosure records. A limit of 20 selected chemicals can be filtered on at a time.

    3. Chemical Abstract Service number search:  This search will allow you to enter a specific chemical abstract service number (CAS number) and will return up to the top 2,000 disclosures that contain that number.  The advantage to using this search over the chemical name search is that CAS numbers are unique and may represent multiple chemical names.  This search also contains a link to the University of Akron’s chemical database to assist the user in identifying CAS numbers based on chemical names.  Please note that the same search restrictions on common chemicals (e.g., water, hydrochloric acid, etc.) that exist for Chemical name searches also applies to CAS number searches.

    As with all other search criteria only those records meeting all of the conditions you select will be returned in a search. If you are using the Map search the result of the search will be a map showing the location of the disclosures.  You may have to zoom in on the map to see and select individual wells to access the disclosures.  On the Standard search a result list of the disclosures meeting the search criteria will be returned.  You can select a disclosure for viewing by clicking on the pdf icon on the left side of the list.

    In some cases your computer or browser may have security controls which can prevent you from seeing the pdf.  These can usually be overcome by right clicking the orange bar at the top of the page and allowing the file to download if you are using Internet Explorer or by clicking on the  download box which appears at the bottom left of the screen and selecting Keep if you are using Google Chrome.  Other browsers may use different security protocols so please check your particular browsers security restrictions to find out the proper procedure for viewing files.

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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