FracFocus is widely used by the oil and gas industry for
chemical disclosures. Thus far, at least twenty states rely on the
website to store its disclosures. In fact, a version of FracFocus
is also used in five provinces in Canada. Earlier today, the Ground
Water Protection Council (GWPC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas
Compact Commission (OGCC) announced a number of changes to its
disclosure system. The GWPC and OGCC have stated that these changes
will increase the quality of FracFocus's performance as well as
One change will be the addition of self-checking features to
FracFocus. The program will detect potential errors in disclosures
and correct those errors before a disclosure is submitted. The GWPC
and OGCC hope that this program will decrease the likelihood of
human errors. Among the errors that the program will check is to
ensure the Chemical Abstract Service numbers are in the correct
FracFocus will also adopt the systems approach for disclosure
reports. According to the GWPC and OGCC, the systems approach will
improve the transparency of chemical reporting by permitting
companies to disclose a more accurate list of chemicals used in
hydraulic fracturing operations. The GWPC and OGCC hope that the
increased transparency will lead to fewer trade secret
Additionally, FracFocus will adjust its search capabilities to
improve the public's ability to use the website. For example,
the program will feature pulldown menus and additional search
fields. FracFocus will also increase the number of formats for its
records. Currently, FracFocus only provides records in PDF.
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