FracFocus Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary
Five years ago, the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission partnered with a vision to provide the public a one-stop site to access information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations by location. The partners launched FracFocus.org, the national hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure registry on April 11, 2011.
As the site celebrates its fifth anniversary, what began as a voluntary reporting site with 37 participating companies, now has more than 1,000 companies reporting chemical data for nearly 110,000 hydraulic fracturing operations nationwide. Additionally, because of its success, 23 states now either require or allow companies to disclose chemical data via FracFocus.
“We’re extremely proud of FracFocus and how it has revolutionized the standard for hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure,” said Mike Paque, GWPC executive director. “We’re excited about the future as we continue to grow and evolve, allowing us to improve the user and reporting company experiences and to further improve public transparency.”
Late last year, the site began releasing disclosure data to the public in machine-readable SQL format, which allows users and researchers to more easily search and aggregate data. Site upgrades have continued into this year in order to adapt and provide the best possible data to the states and public.
The newly updated FracFocus 3.0 to be released later this year will feature
- stronger validation processes to improve data integrity, which in turn makes the data more valuable for researchers and the public;
- a new format for reporting company data entry, which should decrease the use of trade secrets in disclosures, thereby providing more public transparency;
- newly designed forms to improve the company and regulatory agency user experiences when checking and completing disclosures.
Additionally, FracFocus plans to launch a newly designed site and public interface later this year.
For more information or to find a well disclosure in your area, visit www.fracfocus.org.
FracFocus is managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, two organizations whose missions both revolve around conservation and environmental protection.