Utility of the FracFocus Database for Understanding Water-Related Exposures from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

Lee Ann Adelsheim

This Research Brief describes the FracFocus database, a public national registry for reporting the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid. The Brief summarizes published reviews of the database, supplements these reviews with an updated description of data posted to FracFocus, and offers ideas for how the FracFocus database might be useful for research about potential human exposures associated with UOGD. It is part of a series of Research Briefs summarizing literature about potential exposures and health effects associated with UOGD.