Monday, April 22, 2013

DOE Highlights Tools for Monitoring Hydraulic Fracturing

Washington, D.C. —Two data collection tools specifically developed for hydraulic fracturing are available to help regulatory agencies  monitor drilling and completion operations and enhance environmental protection. 

Developed with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE), the Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS) and FracFocus chemical disclosure registry ( provide a way for industry professionals, regulatory agencies and the general public to more easily access information on oil and natural gas activities.  These reporting and data collection tools have been developed by the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) and various states. 

The RBDMS hydraulic fracturing module  is  used by state regulators to more efficiently track and analyze reports about well completions and fracturing, including the casing and cementing profiles, the quantity and quality of water used for fracturing wells, and the composition of fracturing fluids. It also provides the capability to link inspection and environmental monitoring data and compare the proximity of drilling areas to source-water-protection areas such as public water supply wells. 

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