News & Updates

One Year Anniversary of FracFocus

2/26/2015 Major Improvements to FracFocus Announced

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:

10/22/2014 FracFocus Help Desk now available

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.

1/7/2014 University of Oklahoma offers free course to public

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.

6/13/2013 Operator Training Webinar Now Available

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.

5/29/13 FracFocus 2.0 to revolutionize hydraulic fracturing chemical reporting nationwide

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.

5/28/2013 Map Search Issues Being Addressed

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.

4/24/2013 FracFocus Responds to Harvard Study

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.

4/17/2013 New Publication Added to FracFocus

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

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