Our thoughts and opinions about gas extraction and related topics

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Welcome to FracTracker Alliance 2.0

By Brook Lenker, Executive Director, FracTracker Alliance The understanding of fracking’s harms has grown dramatically in the last decade, especially since FracTracker’s formation in 2010. Across the country and around the world, environmental and human health impacts of oil and gas development have been well documented. Every day brings new cause for concern. During this […]

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Staff Spotlight: Bill Hughes

As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about Bill Hughes and why he works with FracTracker Alliance to document the oil and gas industry.   1. Time with FracTracker: I started in July 2014 with FracTracker, but I have been working on these issues for several years 2. Nickname: Bill 3. Education: BA from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia 4. Office Location: My […]

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Staff Spotlight: Gwen Lehman

As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about Gwen Lehman and how she first got involved in working with FracTracker Alliance and studying the oil and gas industry.    Time with FracTracker: 3 years Education: Currently completing an Associate’s degree in Health Sciences Office Location: Camp Hill, PA Title: Manager of Operations What do you actually do in […]

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Staff Spotlight: Ted Auch

As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about Ted Auch, PhD and why he started researching the impacts of oil and gas development. Time with FracTracker: 3 ½ years College: University of Vermont BS and PhD, Virginia Tech Office Location: Cleveland Heights, OH Title: Great Lakes Program Coordinator What do you actually do in that role? My interests include […]

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A Push For Pipelines

By Bill Hughes, WV Community Liaison For anyone who even casually follows Marcellus and Utica shale gas exploration and production, such as in the active gas fields of West Virginia or Southwestern PA or Ohio, we know there are many concerns surrounding the natural gas production process. These issues range from air pollution, water consumption […]

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Interview with Therese Vick – Sentinel Award Winner

Kirk Jalbert, FracTracker’s Manager of Community Based Research & Engagement, interviews Therese Vick, one of FracTracker’s 2015 Community Sentinels Award Winners. Therese Vick is a highly-regarded community organizer with the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League in North Carolina. A big part of her work is serving BREDL chapters in Stokes, Anson, Lee, and Chatham counties – […]

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Interview with Craig Stevens – Sentinel Award Winner

Kirk Jalbert, FracTracker’s Manager of Community Based Research & Engagement, interviews Craig Stevens, one of FracTracker’s 2015 Community Sentinels Award Winners. Craig Stevens is a 6th generation landowner from Silver Lake Township in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Craig and his neighbors have experienced first-hand the truck traffic, noise, air pollution, and water contamination issues that often accompany […]

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A Fresh Look at Oil and Gas Drilling from Europe

By Ted Auch, Kyle Ferrar, and Samantha Rubright with Max Gruenig Fourteen days is not nearly enough time to fully understand the complex differences between oil and gas drilling issues and policies in the United States and several European Union countries. The EU’s drilling policies, geography, and the industry’s level of activity are quite distinct […]