Reference: “Searchable Fracking Database Promotes Transparency of Materials Used”
From the Tulsa World:
The focus on hydraulic fracturing was increasing in the late 2000s, with people concerned about the chemicals used in the fluids being injected into the ground.
Dan Arthur, president of Tulsa-based ALL Consulting, saw companies voluntarily disclose the chemicals and saw an opportunity to more widely disseminate the information and bring more companies on board.
FracFocus.org became that tool to spread information on hydraulic fracturing, sometimes called fracking.
With the Groundwater Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission on board, the site has grown to include chemical information on more than 50,000 wells across the country, searchable by location, operator and even chemical
- Direct to Search Interface
- Direct to Map Search Interface
- Direct to Regulations Info (by States)
- Direct to FAQ
From the FracFocus About Page
The site was created to provide the public access to reported chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing within their area. To help users put this information into perspective, the site also provides objective information on hydraulic fracturing, the chemicals used, the purposes they serve and the means by which groundwater is protected.
The primary purpose of this site is to provide factual information concerning hydraulic fracturing and groundwater protection. It is not intended to argue either for or against the use of hydraulic fracturing as a technology. It is also not intended to provide a scientific analysis of risk associated with hydraulic fracturing. While FracFocus is not intended to replace or supplant any state governmental information systems it is being used by a number of states as a means of official state chemical disclosure. Currently, ten states: Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, North Dakota, Montana, Mississippi, Utah, Ohio and Pennsylvania use Fracfocus in this manner. Finally, this site does not deal with issues unrelated to chemical use in hydraulic fracturing such as Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM). This topic is beyond the current scope of this site.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.