Animating Data: A Different Way to Look at Marcellus Shale Drilling

by Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza At Rhiza, we love to experiment with new ways of visualizing data that help tell better data stories. In most of our work environments, using data is kind of difficult and visualizing is usually left to data experts. We’d love to see a future where sharing data visualizations (maps, charts, explanations, […]

Violations Jan-Sept 2011 PA (EHS highlighted with red dots)

A discussion on regulation and safety

By Samantha Malone, MPH, CPH – DrPH Student in Environmental & Occupational Health; Communications Specialist for As natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region of our country moves forward, people in many states are debating over the best ways to regulate the natural gas industry. I’m not going to get into the impact […]

Updated Drilled Wells Data for PA

Three drilled wells datasets for Pennsylvania have been updated or created, including: 2011 Drilled Wells in Pennsylvania (2011-12-16) (all oil and gas wells) All MS Drilled Wells in PA (2011-12-16) (Marcellus Shale only), and PA Municipalities with MS Wells: Count and Density (Marcellus Shale only) The last of the three datasets is the most unique, […]

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Announces Director for its New FracTracker Fund

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies has named a former state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources official to manage its newest fund,, effective this week. Brook Lenker, who served as manager of education and outreach in the department for nearly eight years, will manage staffing and operations; expand the website capabilities; coordinate […]

Map of Pavilion WY

EPA: Fracking and Groundwater Contamination

The Internet is alive today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report that indicates hydraulic fracturing (used when drilling for natural gas in tight shale formations) can contaminate groundwater. Residents of Pavillion, WY have been complaining about the state of their groundwater for some time now. The draft EPA report lends credibility to their […]

Gas leases in Dryden NY

Gas Lease Review by the New York Times

  The New York Times has collected more than 111,000 oil and gas leases and related documents through open records requests. Over 100,000 of the documents in the archive are from Tarrant County, Tex., roughly 3,200 are from New York, and the remainder are from states including Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To see all of the leases that have been collected […]

Data.FracTracker User Survey

As FracTracker’s manager, the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has created a brief online SurveyMonkey questionnaire (approximately 10 minutes). The purpose of this research is to determine whether and how people are using to make decisions surrounding natural gas drilling. If you are […]