Colorado fracking database questioned by Harvard study |

Colorado fracking database questioned by Harvard study

Mark Jaffe/The Denver Post

The online database that Colorado employs for disclosing the ingredients in fracking fluids used in drilling oil and gas wells is seriously flawed, according to a Harvard Law School study.

The analysis, done by the school's environmental policy initiative, found reporting errors and gaps in the independent database FracFocus.

Colorado and 10 other states, including Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Oklahoma, require operators to post chemical disclosures on FracFocus.

The online database was developed by the Ground Water Protection Council, an association of state water agencies, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

"FracFocus was a serious voluntary reporting effort," said Kate Konschnik, policy director of the Harvard Environmental Law Program. "As a regulatory mechanism, the states haven't thought out its use."