• 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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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