How Our Maps Work

We are eager to use the power of maps to support your work towards clean and just energy solutions. Learn more about how to use maps from FracTracker Alliance.

How Our Maps Work

FracTracker Alliance is here to provide you with the most up-to-date oil and gas drilling data that we can collect, map, and share. Not sure how to work with our maps or where to find the data behind them? This page offers user interface tips, features, and more information on how our maps work.

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Current Mapping Features

  • A Wide Range of Maps

    We cover and map fracking by state, nationally, and to some degree internationally

  • Learn More

    Read text and brief metadata about the map in the “Details” section

  • Energy Development Near You

    Wondering if drilling is occurring near you? Find your state and search by an address

  • Click on a Point

    Click on a point or feature on the map to learn more about a well or geographic area

  • Built-in Measuring Tool

    Determine the area, distance from one point to another, or the geolocation of a site

  • View Full Screen

    Click “View Full Size Map” above an embedded map to view it full screen

  • Zoom or Pan

    Click and drag the map to pan it. Use the plus and minus buttons on the top left of the map or your mouse or touchpad to zoom.

  • Change the Base Map

    Use this button to change the way the background of the map looks

  • See More Data

    Check or uncheck the boxes on the legend to change what you see on the map

  • Print the Map

    Export images of the map using the Print button Tutorial

With our online maps you can:

  • Locate wells, compressor stations, and other oil and gas (O&G) facilities near you
  • Determine your distance from an O&G site
  • See patterns of O&G development and violations
  • Follow the development of O&G projects, like pipelines

Use the following tutorial to get oriented with and our maps.

Frequently Asked Questions

The “Details” tab on the left side of the full screen map contains all of the information – or metadata – about each map. This tab includes the data’s sources, date last updated, and how/whether the data were manipulated in any way to make them easier to understand.

In the full screen version of the map, the legend pops up automatically on the left side of the screen. Each data type currently being displayed on the map will be visible and color coded.

Sometimes there is a significant lag-time in between when a well is completed and when the company reports this change to the appropriate regulatory agency (if that is even a requirement in your state). If the well was recently drilled, the well might not show up on our map because we need to update our system to reflect the new data. Other times, the fact that there isn’t a well shown where it should be is due to a difference in how the well’s location gets mapped by our software. Contact us if you notice a discrepancy.

Sometimes we layer on a lot of data onto one map. If there are too many points, you can click on the “Layers” button in the toolbar to see all of the data being shown on the map presently. From there, you can toggle layers on or off to your liking.

Yes. The easiest way is to email us with your request, and we’ll email you the code that you need. The final code should look something like this:

Final mock up of the code needed to embed a FracTracker map into a website

The height and width of the embedded map (shown here as 800 pixels wide and 500 pixels tall) can be adjusted by changing the numbers in between the quotations to whatever pixel dimensions you need.

Whenever we post a new article and/or map on we often update our various social media feeds with the news: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. If you are not a social media buff, you can sign up to receive our monthly newsletters instead.

We understand that working with technology can be frustrating and complicated. Not to worry. You can request an in-person training by a FracTracker staff person for you or a group of people (ideal) at a location of your choosing. To request a training, please email us at

If this page doesn’t answer your question about our maps, feel free to contact us.