Current Issues

Hydraulic Fracturing

Also known as fracing, this proven technology has been used for more than 60 years to safely enhance the production of potential oil and natural gas from a well.

The process »

Just the facts »


Wellbore Integrity

For decades, state regulators have imposed strict, comprehensive requirements for how oil and gas wells must be constructed. These highly involved safety systems help keep freshwater from mixing with oil and gas during extraction.

Steps for constructing a well »


Economic Impact

Leading researchers and associations regularly evaluate how industry efforts affect local jobs, economies, communities and more.

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Industry organizations are working to identify opportunities for significant emissions reductions, finding effective practices and implementing technological solutions.


Responsible water usage is a priority for oil and natural gas producers who require the precious resource for hydraulic fracturing.

U.S. Onshore Unconventional Exploration and Production Water Management Case Studies »
     Released in January 2015 by the Energy Water Initiative

Protecting groundwater with proper well construction »