FracTracker is a reporting platform designed to enable communities to monitor hydraulic fracturing activity. Created by the FracTracker Alliance in 2018, the app provides a platform for users to report on drilling activity, locations of compressor and processor stations, and pipelines. Reports can optionally list potential impacts. FracTracker Alliance is based in the United States, but reports can be made wherever a user community exists. The app strives to support greater transparency in the hydraulic fracturing industry. However, the app only grants a degree of transparency, and is not linked to enforcement; it is up to regulators and citizens to hold the industry accountable for any sort of infractions. 

Jalbert, K., Rubright, S., & Edelstein, K. (2017). The Civic Informatics of FracTracker Alliance: “Working with Communities to Understand the Unconventional Oil and Gas Industry“.


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