Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as “fracking”, is a natural gas extraction method that injects a mix of millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals under thousands of pounds of pressure into underground rock.  In the U.S. there have been incidents of poorly constructed wells, equipment failures, degraded local and regional air quality, water contamination.

With the objective of making fracking safer, ICCR members have developed a framework for measuring and disclosing the risks inherent in fracking operations and have issued best practice recommendations for the natural gas industry.


Featured ICCR Initiative

The community impacts of hydraulic fracturing. This year, members of ICCR are engaging 20 energy companies on the community and environmental impacts of their hydraulic fracturing operations, through both direct corporate dialogue, and shareholder resolutions. They are asking companies to disclose their policies and practices - beyond what they are required to do by Federal and state regulation - to minimize their adverse impacts on water and surrounding communities.   


Featured Resources

Extracting the Facts: An Investor Guide to Disclosing Risks from Hydraulic Fracturing Operations: ICCR's guide was inspired by energy companies’ requests, in dialogues with investors, for enhanced guidance on disclosure of risk management practices.

Disclosing the Facts Scorecard: The oil & gas production industry is consistently failing to report measurable reductions of its impacts on communities and the environment from hydraulic fracturing operations. 

The Marcellus Shale Coaltiion: The Coalition provides in-depth information to policymakers, regulators, media, and other public stakeholders on the positive impacts responsible natural gas production is having on families, businesses, and communities across the region.







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