Help us build a national map of suspected well water impacts caused by unconventional oil and gas extraction!
Do you suspect your home’s well water has been tainted by methane, brine or chemicals associated with the gas and oil industry? Have you noticed a difference in water pressure that you believe may be related to these industry activities? If so, we want to know. Even if your water hasn’t been tested and there’s no definitive proof of contamination, we still want to hear from you. Your observations matter.
Research has demonstrated potential risks to groundwater posed by faulty well-casing, surface spills, and hydraulic fracturing. From across the country in areas where unconventional oil and gas development is occurring, accounts of possible home well water contamination have been reported, but they haven’t been collected in one place. The FracTracker Alliance and cooperating organizations are providing that opportunity. Help us determine where these incidents are occurring and what patterns may be evident. If everyone facing these challenges shares their story (with the confidentiality they seek) our understanding of oil and gas impacts can expand dramatically. Please help us build a national database and map of these issues. Submit your story today below.
Reports will be kept confidential to the degree you indicate on the form. By submitting entries on the form, you agree that such information is accurate to the best of your knowledge. With your permission, partners and advisers may contact you to undertake further water testing, research your situation, and/or provide other forms of technical assistance.
US Map of Suspected Well Water Impacts
Click on the top right corner’s arrows to view the fullscreen map and legend. Learn more about the initial launch of this map.
- Brian Oram, PG – Citizen Groundwater and Surface Water Database
- Dr. Ben Stout – Wheeling Jesuit University
- Dr. John Stolz – Center for Environmental Research and Education, Duquesne University
Resources for Well Owners
- Manual for Private Well Owners – Interpreting your water test results
- More coming soon!