News & Updates

One Year Anniversary of FracFocus

10/17/2012 Mississippi Joins States Using FracFocus

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:

North Dakota

5/29/12 Oklahoma Approves Fracing Disclosure Rules

May 29, 2012 (The Oklahoman, Jay F. Marks) Okla. City - Oklahoma oil and natural gas producers will have to disclose the chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing operations under new rules set to go into effect July 1.

4/4/2012 Operator Training Webinar Now Available

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3/28/2012 Change to disclaimer language

Due to the addition of many Non-MSDS components on the disclosure forms, the language regarding MSDS components at the bottom of each form is being updated.  Effective 3/29/2012, the new language will say:

Commissions Adopt Fluid Disclosure Rules

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Texas Railroad Commission this week adopted new rules that call for the disclosure of chemicals intentionally added to hydraulic fracturing fluids. The Commissions require oil and gas operators to post their disclosures on FracFocus, the national chemical registry site.

Colorado Commission rulemaking:

North Dakota proposes new rules on hydraulic fracturing

On 11/9/2011, the State of North Dakota proposed new rules governing the practice of hydraulic fracturing.  The proposed rules can be seen at  With respect to chemical disclosure the proposed rule states:

New Mexico to consider fracturing disclosure rules

11/17/2011  A hearing is scheduled for today concerning a proposal by the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association to develop rules governing the reporting of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process.  Further details on the results of this hearing will be published as they become available.

Colorado regulators initiate rulemaking process for public disclosure of fracking chemicals

November 1, 2011 (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Denver — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has started the process of adopting rules for the public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

A rulemaking hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

Fracturing, or fracking, involves injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into rock formations to release oil and natural gas. Some residents have expressed interest in knowing exactly what's being blasted underground.

Properties of fractures explained


The FracFocus website has added information about the propogation of fractures in the subsurface.

Certain predictable characteristics or physical properties regarding the path of least resistance have been recognized since hydraulic fracturing was first conducted in the oilfield in 1947.  To see more about the properties of hydraulic fractures go to Hydraulic Fracturing: The Process page.

Montana implements fracking disclosure rules

September 2, 2011 (Billings Gazette) From now on, producers drilling for oil and gas in Montana have to disclose most of the chemicals they are using in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” under rules that recently were implemented.


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