• 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.

    Find Out More
  • 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.

    Find Regulations Now

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.

More About Groundwater Protection »


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

  • 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...

  • 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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