• 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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  • What is Hydraulic Fracturing?

    Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracing, is the process of creating small cracks, or fractures, in underground geological formations to allow natural gas to flow into the wellbore and on to the surface where the gas is collected and prepared for sale to a wide variety of consumers.

    During the fracing process, a mixture of water, sand and other chemical additives designed to protect the integrity of the geological formation and enhance production is pumped under high pressure into the shale formation to create small fractures.

    The newly created fractures are “propped” open by the sand, which allows the natural gas to flow into the wellbore where it is collected at the surface and subsequently delivered to a wide range group of consumers.   Read more...

  • How is water used in hydraulic fracturing?

    Water acts as the carrier fluid for the chemical additives and propping agents (typically sand) that are used to fracture the producing formation.

  • How can my company become a FracFocus participating company and begin entering records?

    To become a “FracFocus” participating company please follow the instructions below:

     •     Open the website www.hydraulicfracturingdisclosure.org 

         Click on Register in the menu on the right hand side of the home page

         Complete the form and submit

         Wait for a confirmation e-mail

         Establish yourself as a Supervisor and a Data Submitter

         Assign other Supervisors and Data Submitters (as necessary)

         Download the Excel template

         Begin entering and submitting records

    Please note that only 1 representative per company is allowed but any number of supervisors and data submitters can be approved.  At present, representatives must work for the company that is to be registered.  For security reasons, the system cannot accommodate third party agents.

    You can obtain further information about registration and system usage from the Quick How To Guide

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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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