Bloomberg exposes FracFocus failure


Alternate title: I told you so. Another alternate title: “Where the frack are all the fracking fracks ?”

FrackFocus has lately gotten the beating it deserves. Today Bloomberg launched a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the fracking FrackFocus failures.

Fracking Hazards Obscured in Failure to Disclose Wells
By Benjamin Haas, Jim Polson, Phil Kuntz and Ben Elgin – Aug 13, 2012 11:01 PM CT

I’m going to tell my favorite parts first.

Favorite part 1:

“FracFocus is just a fig leaf for the industry to be able to say they’re doing something in terms of disclosure,” said U.S. Representative Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat.

I tried to find a Trojan Horse wearing a fig leaf but do you know that on this whole wide web there is no such image.

Favorite part 2:

“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” said Cal Cooper, manager of special projects for Apache. “This is a positive thing. It shows industry can get its act together and make things happen in a short amount of time.”

So, how long did it rake Rome to burn? I ask because I think I saw some smoke coming from the direction of FracFocus.

We will never be able to fully assess the risk fracking poses to our health and the environment until we have full disclosure. (Full means everything including the super secret stuff.) Disclosure needs to come before fracking happens so landowners can get baseline water testing.

We peasants are not allowed to take information from FracFocus for our own use. And we are not allowed access to the database. You can’t search the website by chemical or by date and there is no function to aggregate chemicals by location or operator.

I had to add this…




About Sharon Wilson

Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. kim Feil says

    So where are the MSDS sheets for the spraying for West Nile? Public Service Announcements should happen for that, but then wouldn’t they (the media) be beholden to then care about the (55 natural gas padsites in Arlington) BTEX factories in our neighborhoods? Note to readers….our (Barnett Shale) dry gas has Benzene…study the results of the Colleyville air a nutshell during flowback, the OPEN hatch tanks showed from 54-85 ppb Benzene which is above the two week threshold for the Agengy for Toxic Substance Disease Registry Max Risk Level of 9 ppb. Repeated exposures..not good. Call your City Manager today and demand scrubbers for those open hatch tanks during the well clean up phase (which is before the Green Completion phase where we connect to the separators and pipeline). Our ordinances were written with a loop hole to flowback into OPEN tanks, therefore the well vents to the atmosphere just the same as if it were straight out of the borehole. Forget about the mosquitoes….we’ve been exposed to a slow killer living near & downwind to high impact industrial activites for the sake of a royalty check or two…let the spraying begin…minus well, our lungs been breathing in Barnett Shale toxins for a while now…just hope those frac ponds aren’t breading grounds for West Nile. Maybe this mosquitoe scare will open people’s eyes to the missing info on frac focus?…