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Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS), FracFocus, States First and Produced Water Initiatives
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The goal of this project is to continue successful use and development of RBDMS, which is a well-established system that is utilized by 30 state agencies to track oil and gas well histories, brine disposal, production, enhanced recovery, reporting, and other operations to facilitate the development of energy resources. The expansion of FracFocus and RBDMS will result in improved access to resource data by the public and optimal processing of electronic permits by state agencies. Collaborative efforts on induced seismicity activities and issues will also be expanded.


Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), Oklahoma City, OK 73142-3019


In an age of expanding domestic energy production in the United States, RBDMS and FracFocus have become proven tools that aid states in managing oil and gas development activities. For over 20 years, GWPC has lead the way in the development of these valuable products which reduce the costs and time of information exchange between regulatory agencies and the oil and natural gas industry. Currently, 30 state agencies use RBDMS in order to track oil and gas well histories, brine disposal, production, enhanced recovery, reporting, and other operations. FracFocus is used by 23 states for chemical disclosures of hydraulic fracturing fluid use, and it remains the only website of its kind operating for the public disclosure of fracturing fluids. RBDMS benefits the public through the tracking and reporting of energy activities in states which helps to ensure compliance to regulations for public safety. The American public can use FracFocus to locate wells and retrieve chemical use information. TheWellFinder app can also be used by the public to retrieve operation information on oil and gas wells. The information collected for public use has been allowed through the RBDMS products. The Regional Induced Seismicity Collaborative (RISC) will soon be developed and builds on previous efforts by GWPC and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) through States First Initiative on the subject of induced seismicity.


The expansion of RBDMS and FracFocus capabilities will enable state regulatory programs to more efficiently manage mission critical activities and responsibilities on topics such as permitting, drilling and completion, production, plugging and abandonment, inspection and compliance, and environmental protection. This includes improvements to electronic permitting and reporting for improved accuracy, efficiency, and reduced processing time. Newer RBDMS modules will address natural gas storage and pipeline data management and will improve public access to state oil and gas regulatory data. The creation of a Regional Induced Seismicity Collaborative (RISC) will address the issue of induced seismicity with the goal of integrating approaches, sharing research and data, and potentially cooperating on projects. 

Accomplishments (most recent listed first)

A new public facing FracFocus website with a more direct message and more educational and general information pages are currently being developed. The new FracFocus public website will provide a more modern look, and more overall statistics that will be available at a glance with charts and graphs that display real time data, updated data retrieval, and exportation.

In cooperation with California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) a complete needs assessment, fit gap and requirements gathering documents have been completed for web enabling RBDMS (WellStar). Architectural diagrams have been completed and will be presented for final approval at the November RBDMS policy meeting in Sacramento, CA.

RBDMS 3.0 is under development in California. In this project RBDMS is being web enabled and upgraded to newer technology. This project is also developing upgrade paths for states using RBDMS Classic and .net. RBDMS 3.0 will continue the "RBDMS modular approach." This will enable states to take advantage of new features without having to undergo a complete upgrade. The project release plan in California is a phased approach with an initial release in August 2017 and complete implementation in 2019.

GWPC had discussions with Kansas, North Dakota, and Texas about potentially scheduling RBDMS Needs Assessments. The in house portion for Kansas Corporation Commission may occur as early as May 2017.

The State Oil and Gas Regulatory Exchange (SOGRE) Board met and selected a review team for the Virginia SOGRE Assessment. This team of state regulators will aid Virginia DMME in responding to the recommendation of the recent State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (STRONGER) Review.

Current Status

The GWPC Board met in April 2017 and issued a resolution to form a national study group for the beneficial use of produced water. The state-led group will have two state-agency co-chairs but will also include participants from federal agencies, industry, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders. The group planned an initial kick-off meeting in July 2017.

GWPC and team completed the gas storage guide and is available on the GWPC website.

California is on track to issue the alpha release on August 31, 2017. Online forms (eForms 3.0) is a major portion of this release. Other RBDMS states will begin using eForms 3.0 in fall 2017. The RBDMS updated field inspection program will be implemented in California as part of the RBDMS/WellStar program.

GWPC continues to install .net upgrades in Utah, Arkansas, Wyoming, and Michigan. The states that apply for an upgrade will be encouraged to migrate to the RBDMS 3.0 platform.

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Contact Information

NETL – Sandy Borek ( or 412-386-4533)
Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) – Paul Jehn ( or 208-892-1400)