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Oil and Gas Brine in Ohio

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A hazardous byproduct of oil & gas operations, called “brine," poses a problem because of its radioactivity and the volumes produced.

8 Maps to Strengthen Environmental Justice Policy in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania’s environmental justice policy is an important tool for protecting marginalized communities from harm - but it needs your input!

PA Environment Digest Blog: Conventional Oil & Gas Drillers Dispose Of Drill Cuttings By ‘Dusting’

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David Hess reports on the pervasive & dangerous practice of waste disposal at oil and gas well drilling sites via “dusting.”

Real Talk on Pipelines

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This story map contains audio clips and quotes from local officials and residents on the impacts of oil & gas pipelines in their communities.
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2021 Production from Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Wells

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FracTracker has released an analysis of Pennsylvania's 2021 oil & gas production totals based on PA DEP data. Explore the maps.
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Mapping Energy Systems Impacted by the Russia-Ukraine War

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This story map explores how the West's failure to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is funding Russia's invasion of Ukraine

FracTracker is Hiring a Communications Specialist

Priority deadline is May 6, 2022. Apply today to be part of a supportive and high-functioning team that uses data to empower action.

FracTracker is hiring a Program Manager

FracTracker is hiring a Program Manager. Apply today and share this opportunities with your networks!

Dimock residents working to protect water from a new threat: fracking waste

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Sen. Muth and Dimock, PA residents are fighting a permitted Eureka Resource Susquehanna facility that puts their water at risk.
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Victoria’s Story

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The story of Victoria Switzer, a Dimock resident who is leading the charge to protect Burdick Creek and Dimock from toxic fracking waste.
This photo is of oil drilling in the Inglewood Oilfields of Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles. Photo by Brook Lenker, 2017.

Implications of a 3,200-foot Setback in California

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California is the only major oil state without a health and safety setback from fossil fuel activity. This article explores what a setback in California means for its people and environment.

Permitting Aggregate Mines in Michigan Poses Very Serious Consequences

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Varying across municipalities, mine permitting in Michigan can bring very serious consequences. This is the second of a two-part series.
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A Guide to Petrochemicals, the Fossil Fuel Blindspot

A complete guide to the social, environmental, and economic risks associated with the petrochemical industry in the United States

New Trends in Drilling Permit Approvals Take Shape in CA

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FracTracker's recent analysis finds that California's drilling permit approvals have slowed since last October, but not across the board. This trend only applies to permits for new drilling and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) wells.

Oil and Gas Drilling in California Legislative Districts

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FracTracker has been working with grassroots organizations to inform legislators and locals about oil and gas extraction in their districts, including maps and tables of the infrastructure in their areas.

Ten Things I learned from Taking Break Free From Plastic’s Toxic Tours

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FracTracker's Erica Jackson outlines ten things she learned in Break Free From Plastic's virtual Toxic Tours.
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New Report: Fracking with “Forever Chemicals” in Colorado

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A report by PSR provides evidence that oil and gas companies have been using dangerous PFAS "forever chemicals" in CO wells.

Environmental Health Fellowship Opening – Summer 2022

FracTracker is accepting applications for a paid Environmental Health Fellowship in summer 2022. Interested graduate students, apply today!
Sylvanian Minerals frac sand mine in South Rockwood, Michigan.

Permitting Aggregate Mines under Michigan’s Zoning Enabling Act

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This guest article outlines the role of local government in determining Michigan's frac sand permitting and explores how decisions can vary.
Oil and gas wells and violations in Pennsylvania through 1/12/2022.

Introducing: FracTracker’s comprehensive new Pennsylvania map!

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FracTracker's new Pennsylvania oil and gas well map displays conventional and unconventional wells and violations as of January 12, 2022.

A Community Sentinel’s leadership continues: Melissa Troutman since 2019

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2019 Community Sentinel winner Melissa Troutman shares with FracTracker what she has been up to since winning the Sentinel award.

FracTracker National Energy Map

U.S. Map of Energy and Petrochemical Data

FracTracker National Energy Infrastructure Map

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Explore oil and gas infrastructure in your community and across the United States in FracTracker’s free app. You can add to the feed of user reports below by downloading the mobile app.

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