News & Updates
One Year Anniversary of FracFocus
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:
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.
The University of Oklahoma is offering an on-line course on "Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources", free of charge to the public. The course begins January 13th. You can register for the course at https://janux.ou.edu/landing . This is a good opportunity to learn more about the process of hydraulic fracturing and the water resources related to the process.
A training webinar for users of the FracFocus disclosure submission system is now available. The hour-long webinar shows operators, service companies, registered agents and state agencies how to register their organization and set up their Representatives, Supervisors and Data Submitters. With the added steps involved in FracFocus 2.0, the training discusses XML, how operators can complete and submit disclosure forms and how to manage the records and users in the system.
OKLAHOMA CITY –FracFocus.org, the national hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure registry, will implement major upgrades beginning June 1, 2013, that will dramatically improve the site’s functionality for state regulatory agencies, industry and public users.
The enhancements to FracFocus and its system has been referred to as FracFocus 2.0. It contains several new features that will enhance the usability and informational content of the system.
Recently, we were informed that users were experiencing a problem accessing FracFocus records using the Map Search feature of the website. We have investigated this problem and found that the principal causes are:
1. A glitch in the Google maps system that results in the serving of a previous version of the map being displayed when a new search is initiated. This is usually caused by the user submitting a new request while a current request is being processed.
On April 23, 2013 we were made aware of a study released by Harvard University in which they assert that FracFocus is not a good tool for regulatory purposes.
A new publication has been added to the FracFocus publications list. Titled Hydraulic Fracturing 101, this Society of Petroleum Engineers paper was written by George E. King, a Professional Petroleum Engineer whose expertise in the
field of oil and gas exploration and production is well known throughout the petroleum industry. This paper is an excellent primer for anyone who would like to learn more about the practice of hydraulic fracturing. You can read the paper by clicking HERE.
The Mississippi Oil and Gas Board recently updated Rule 26 to include a provision for operators to submit their hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure information to the FracFocus system. This brings to eight, the number of states that use FracFocus for regulatory reporting. The other states include:
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