• In a single year, FracFocus has made a national impact from the Beltway to the Bakken. During this time, more than 200 energy-producing companies have registered over 15,000 well sites through FracFocus.

    This success is the result of nationally recognized organizations working with the oil and natural gas industry to provide public transparency. Learn more and see highlights from the first year of FracFocus.

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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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FAQs
  • Are the records from FracFocus available in a digital format such as Excel?

    No. FracFocus was originally designed to serve records one at a time in Adobe pdf format in order to ensure accurate, unaltered and uncompromised data. Consequently the chemical information gathered does not currently reside in a database or spreadsheet format.

  • What chemicals are being disclosed on this website?

    All chemicals that would appear on a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) that are used to hydraulically fracture a well except for those that can be kept proprietary based on the “Trade Secret” provisions related to MSDS found on the Trade Secret link at 1910.1200(i)(1).  Read more...

  • Do states conduct ongoing testing of water wells and oil and gas well construction?

    It depends on the state. When it comes to water wells, many states have water well construction standards but not routine testing requirements. As regards the construction of oil and gas wells, all states have well construction requirements.  These can be reviewed by going to the Regulations by State page, selecting the state in question and then selecting View Regulations.

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4/4/2012 Operator Training Webinar Now Available

A training webinar for companies wishing to report chemicals to the FracFocus disclosure submission system is now available.  The webinar shows operators how to register their company and set up the company Representative, Supervisors and Data Submitters.  It also discusses the disclosure template, how to complete and submit it and how to manage records and users in the system.  Designed in concert with the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program managed by the Houston Advanced Research Center and the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), affiliated with Texa

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