FracTracker in the News

If you are a journalist interested in our research or in interviewing one of our staff, please email Sam Malone. Below is a listing of media articles that mention FracTracker.

Group kicks off listening project in Carroll, Columbiana counties

April 14, 2014 – Akron Beacon Journal

Communities United for Responsible Energy (CURE), FracTracker Alliance, The Ohio Environmental Council, the Laborers International Union Locals 809 and 1015 announce the launch of the Columbiana and Carroll Counties Listening Project. Throughout the spring and summer, the organizations will survey and compile the stories of 1000 Columbiana and Carroll County residents for theListening Project, highlighting the affects of the shale fracking boom on local residents and their families. Read more

FracTracker maps out all 1.1M oil and gas wells in the U.S

March 31, 2014 – E&E News

Finding the nearest active oil or gas well could be just a few clicks away with the latest map from the FracTracker Alliance. Read more

Fracking the USA: New Map Shows 1 Million Oil, Gas Wells

March 27, 2014 – AP

…But the data also illustrate how conflicting definitions of an oil and gas well can result in dramatic discrepancies in a state’s well count… Read more

Fracking Heats Up in California: Moratoria and Earthquakes

March 24, 2014 – JD Supra

The last several weeks have seen some interesting developments suggesting an increase in temperature in Oil Pumperthe debate over hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in California. Read more

The impact of natural gas extraction and fracking on state and local roadways

March 21,2014 – Journalist’s Resource

As of March 2014 there were approximately 1.1 million oil and gas wells in the United States, a direct consequence of technological advances that have increased domestic energy production to levels unseen since the 1970s. Much of the growth has been in natural gas obtained through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which involves injecting immense quantities of water and chemicals into the ground to fracture the rock and release deposits that would otherwise be inaccessible. Read more

Was the Los Angeles Earthquake Caused by Fracking Techniques?

March 17, 2014 – Mother Jones

Was the 4.4-magnitude earthquake that rattled Los Angeles this morning caused by fracking methods? It’s hard to say, but what’s clear from the above map, made by Kyle Ferrar of the FracTracker Alliance, is that the quake’s epicenter was just eight miles from a disposal well where oil and gas wastewater is being injected underground at high pressure. Read more

Keystone XL: Not the Only Pipeline on Ohio’s Radar

March 14, 2014 – Public News Service

While the nation has been focused on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, Ohioans may not realize how many other pipeline projects could be running across the state. Read more

Water for drilling may create long-term water supply problems

December 13, 2013 – The Akron Beacon Journal, Bob Downing

A report just issued from FracTracker, a data gathering and dissemination organization, supports concerns that water profiteering from sales of millions of gallons by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) in SE Ohio can create long-term water supply problems. Read more

Americans Uninformed About Fracking Says New Study

November 21, 2013 – Climate Central

Most Americans have heard little or nothing of the oil and gas production process called hydraulic fracturing, and many don’t know if they support or oppose it, according to a new paper by researchers from Oregon State, George Mason and Yale universities. Read more

Colorado Cities’ Rejection of Fracking Poses Political Test for Natural Gas Industry

November 7, 2013 – New York Times

With three Colorado cities approving bans or moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, the natural gas industry is being forced to re-examine its political strategy after a period of explosive growth and broad backing. Read more

Michigan Shale Viewer

September 8, 2013 – Geology.com

Our Michigan Shale Gas Viewer was featured on Geology.com’s website. Read more

Showdown in the Ohio Valley

September 5, 2013 – DC Bureau

What could make a former Marine, retired cop, and self-described “ultra-conservative” oppose fracking in his home state of Ohio? … With photos by FracTracker’s Ted Auch. Read more

Fracking Cases to Top Court

August 29, 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

New York’s top court on Thursday said it would hear challenges by energy companies and landowners to two upstate towns’ bans on fracking, the controversial hydraulic fracturing process of extracting natural gas from underground shale. Read more

Fractracker verrät, wo gebohrt wird (FracTracker reveals wells drilled)

August 27, 2013 – Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Fracking is booming in the United States. But how polluting is the controversial method of gas and oil production, is difficult to estimate. (Article originally in German) Read more

Ohio fracking photo tour

August 23, 2013 – Green City Blue Lake

The shale gas drilling boom is not just a theoretical possibility for the 28,587 people of Carroll County, OH. They are already living with dramatic changes to the county’s woods and fields and rolling hills. This photo tour provides a glimpse of what it looks like when fracking comes to rural Ohio. Read more

Battles Escalate Over Community Efforts to Ban Fracking

August 22, 2013 – National Geographic

As President Obama visits upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania to discuss his education agenda, the issue of fracking looms large in the background. While his trip highlights many unresolved issues related to America’s new wealth of natural gas and oil, a growing number of communities are taking matters into their own hands. Read more

Is Nothing Sacred? Frack and Chaco Culture National Historic Park

August 7, 2013 – KCET.org

With a map by FracTracker Alliance… New Mexico, home to sacred archaeological history sites is in focus of all fracking stakeholders because of the Mancos Shale. Read more

Is Nothing Sacred

July 19, 2013 – ideastream

With a map by FracTracker’s Ted Auch. Read more

Local Government Beats Ban Fracking

June 2013 – Green Builder Magazine

Grassroots activism in New York is putting the breaks on runaway “fracking” for natural gas. Read more

New Project Maps Suspected Impacts To Well Water

May 10, 2013 – WOUB News

A new mapping project by a group of environmental organizations aims to document impacts to well water quality people believe is caused by unconventional gas and oil operations like hydraulic fracturing. Read more

New York’s Zoning Ban Movement Fracks Big Gas

May 9, 2013 – Truthout

… the entire industry has had its eyes on New York State, which has become the epicenter of an international struggle against unconventional gas. Read more

Shale Development Supporters in New York Fear Damage is Done

May 7, 2013 – NGI’s Shale Daily

In the wake of a New York appellate court ruling that two local bans on oil and gas activities should be upheld, supporters of shale development in the Empire State worry that the damage may be done, regardless of how the bans fare through a possible appeal. Read more (subscription required)

A Meeting of the Minds Over Fracking in Ohio

April 5, 2013 – Public News Service

It’s a first-of-its-kind meeting of the minds when it comes to fracking in the Buckeye State. Today (April 5th) and Saturday, scientists, doctors, attorneys, researchers and other experts are gathering in eastern Ohio to present and discuss the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Read more

FracTracker monitors shale development in Ohio

April 4, 2013 – The Plain Dealer

Shale gas development has swept into Ohio in a big way, but for many the energy push is remote — unfamiliar and out of sight in rural parts of the state. Even so, the shale play has set off heightened debate about the possible windfall and drawbacks of horizontal fracturing to release natural gas and oil from deep shale deposits.

FracTracker Alliance, a non-profit that recently expanded into Ohio, hopes to take some of the emotion out of the discussion by supplying accurate, detailed information about the shale boom. Much of that information is in the form of online, interactive maps at FracTracker.org… Read more

FracMapper site lets users pinpoint local gas/oil drilling

April 3, 2013 – Allied News

Searching the Internet for the most accurate and updated information on local gas and oil drilling is confusing for many people, but a nonprofit has stepped up to make that data available in an easy-to-read format… Read more

Renowned Experts Address Health and Economic Impacts at Ohio Fracking Conference April 5 – 6

April 3, 2013 – EcoWatch

On April 5 and 6, a group of scientists, doctors, attorneys, researchers, environmental advocates and policy experts will assemble in Warren, Ohio, to present and discuss the impacts of fracking. This conference is one of the first in the state to study and discuss facts, concerns and evolving science related to unconventional gas drilling in Ohio. It will be held at the Wean Foundation, 147 West Market St. in Warren, Ohio… Read more

Digging into Shale Gas and Its Effects on Public Health

March 26, 2013 – Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center

You hear about it daily in the news; natural gas is an immense, domestic energy source for the United States. Economic analysts and the industry promote this fossil fuel as a solution to our need for foreign energy and a cheaper, cleaner-burning fuel for household use.  But with these benefits also come significant risks… Read more

Find Oil and Gas Wells Near You With FracTracker Map

March 1, 2013 – ideastream

Researchers with FracTracker Alliance have been collecting data about Ohio’s growing shale industry. They’ve created a map that identifies oil and gas wells drilled into the Utica and Marcellus formations. The map also plots the deep injection wells that store drilling waste water. ideastream’s Michelle Kanu talked with the map’s creator, Ted Auch, about how to navigate her way around. Read more

Drilling for Answers: The Marcellus Shale

February 25, 2013 – Whirl Magazine

Learn from leaders deep in the Marcellus Shale conversation as they answer the questions you’ve been asking. Read more

FracTracker Alliance working to provide drilling information to Ohio residents

February 11, 2013 – Beacon Journal

WARREN: The lack of information about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Marcellus shale of Pennsylvania led to the formation of FracTracker in mid-2010. Read more

Gas Free Seneca Interview

February 2013 – WRFI Radio

Yvonne Taylor and Joseph Campbell discuss the proposed Inergy gas storage facility near Watkins Glen, New York. Listen


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