• 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
  • 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

  • Where does the water used in hydraulic fracturing come from?

    It comes from many sources including surface water bodies such as ponds, lakes, and streams, municipal authorities, groundwater wells, "produced water" (water that comes to the surface during oil and gas production), and re-cycled water from other hydraulic fracturing jobs.  Read more...

  • Can hydraulic fracturing fluid migrate into a fresh groundwater zone?

    Fracturing fluids can enter a fresh groundwater zone if there is sufficient bottom hole pressure to raise the fluid level from the fractured zone to the fresh groundwater zone, and there is a conduit through which the fluid can flow such as an open annulus between the casing and the formation.  Fluids may also enter fresh groundwater if there is a hole in the casing above the depth of the groundwater zone and the cement outside of the casing is not adequate to prevent fluid flow between the casing and the formation. However, under normal circumstances hydraulic fracturing fluid is confined to the inside of the production casing, the formation being treated and nearby formations. Read more...

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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