Successful Ongoing GWREF Projects and Initiatives:

Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS)

The RBDMS initiative now in its 24th year, is a comprehensive data management system used by 23 state oil and gas agencies providing regulators and the regulated community management tools for water-energy sustainability.

  • The system allows regulatory agencies to protect the environment while supporting responsible development of domestic oil and gas and the underground injection of fluids.
  • Results in significant staff efficiencies and reduced operating expenses for regulators and the regulated community while providing access to production and injection data and more.
  • Over the history of RBDMS, the GWREF has successfully managed $9.5M federal & $2.6M non-federal for the project.

National Awards: DOE Energy 100 Award 2011 Innovation Award Council of State Governments 2010 Outstanding Achievement Finalist, Government to Business


FracFocus,, is the hydraulic fracturing chemical registry web site initiated by GWPC and the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission. Site users can search for information about the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells. The site also features educational materials designed to put the chemical data in perspective. This educational piece is funded in large part by the GWREF.


The Spotlight Series is a technology transfer initiative of the Ground Water Research & Education Foundation focusing on current and emerging issues associated with groundwater management and protection.

Induced Seismicity:

The GWREF has sponsored special events for seismologists, regulators, and other stakeholders with the focus of assessing and managing risks of induced seismicity associated with underground injection. As part of that effort, we convened a 40+ member workgroup to develop and release a report in Fall 2015 entitled, “Induced Seismicity by Injection Associated with Oil & Gas Development: A Primer on Technical & Regulatory Considerations Informing Risk Management and Mitigation.

>> Published Primer - September 2015
>> White Paper - Induced Seismicity 2013

>> White Paper-Induced Seismicity Annual Forum 2013

Annual UIC Conference:

The GWREF is a major sponsor of GWPC’s annual UIC Conference. The conference focuses on multiple UIC topics from both a technical and regulatory perspective.

Water Energy Sustainability Symposia:

For the past several years, beginning in Salt Lake City then Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Nashville, the GWREF has been a major contributor toward multi-day, multi-stakeholder water and energy events.

Stray Gas Incidence & Response:

In Columbus, Ohio, (2012) and Dallas, Texas, (2013) the GWREF sponsored short courses for natural gas producers, researchers, regulators, emergency responders, consultants and other stakeholders striving to improve investigation processes and responses to stray gas incidences.

>> White Paper - Stray Gas Forum, 2012 


See 2013 Project Award Summaries