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Ross incinerator in Eaton Township. Photo by Ted Auch, FracTracker Alliance, 2023

Stop Toxic Threat: A Heavy Industrial Zoning Battle

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The Norfolk Southern train derailment in February 2023 ignited a battle for public health, safety, and welfare over 100 miles away in Eaton Township, Ohio.
Ted Auch, FracTracker Alliance, 2023

Where Do We Cross the Line: From Public Service to Public Threat

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As industry expands within the primarily residential and agricultural community of Eaton Township, Ohio, community members wonder if the EPA and local government are doing enough to protect human health and the environment.
Ross Environmental Hazardous Waste Incinerator in Eaton Township, Ohio. Ted Auch, FracTracker Alliance, 2023

East Palestine Warning: The Growing Threat From Hazardous Waste Storage

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Is the gradual increase in hazardous waste storage and incineration expansion in Eaton Township, Ohio, fueling a preventable future disaster?
Photo Courtesy of American Solar Grazing Association

Solar Grazing: Connecting Farming Communities and Solar Site Operators

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Solar grazing offers a way to maintain farmland in agricultural production and build new, positive relationships between farming communities and solar site operators, which will be important for meeting clean energy climate goals.
FracTracker Alliance, 2024

Index of Oil and Gas Operator Health in California Shows Risks to State Economy and Taxpayers

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Though a handful of California of oil and gas operators continue to produce profitable volumes of oil, the majority of California operators, including the state’s oil and gas major corporations, Chevron, Aera Energy, and California Resources Corporation, are producing very low average volumes of oil per well.
Property in Belmont County, Ohio, vacated due to nearby drilling activity.The cottage along Slope Creek, months after being vacated due to health concerns caused by nearby oil and gas operations. Photo courtesy of Chloe Mankin

Calling for Change: Life on the Fracking Frontlines

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Frontline residents of the Ohio River Valley have first-hand experience of the impacts of fracking.

On the Wrong Track: Risks to Residents of the Upper Ohio River Valley From Railroad Incidents

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Report finds risks to residents of the Upper Ohio River Valley as a result of an average of over four rail incidents per week in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Matt Kelso, FracTracker Alliance, 2023

Digital Atlas: Exploring Nature and Industry in the Raccoon Creek Watershed

Digital atlas of Pennsylvania's Raccoon Creek unveils a comprehensive exploration of the watershed, emphasizing its ecological richness, recreational offerings, and the multifaceted impacts of industrial activities.
Donny Nelson harvesting his field at his farm near Keene, North Dakota. Photo by David Nix 2015

Fertilizer Production in the United States: How Big Ag is Fossil Fueled

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Producing nitrogen fertilizer for US cropland depends on cheap and unfettered access to natural gas to fuel the industrial chemical manufacturing process for synthesizing ammonia.

Why Do Houses Keep Exploding in One Pennsylvania Suburb?

An exploration of factors related to oil and gas activity that could contribute to the history of house explosions in Plum Borough, Pennsylvania.

FracTracker Alliance Releases Statement Opposing Governor Shapiro’s Agreement With CNX

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FracTracker Alliance Executive Director Shannon Smith releases statement in opposition to Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro's agreement with natural gas company CNX.

The 2023 Legacy of Heroes Award

FracTracker Alliance and Halt the Harm Network honor the memory of three environmental heroes as part of the 2023 Community Sentinel Awards program.

Announcing the 2023 Community Sentinel Awards for Environmental Justice

FracTracker Alliance is pleased announce the recipients of the 2023 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship.

Oil and Gas Activity Within California Public Health Protection Zones

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Assessment shows hundreds of sensitive receptor sites located within 3,200 feet of operational oil and gas wells in California would have been protected if California Senate Bill 1137 had not been challenged by referendum.

Introducing Open-FF: Uncovering Fracking Chemicals

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Open-FF is an open-source project that transforms the FracFocus data into an easier-to-use resource to help researchers, interested community members and activists find what they need about fracking chemicals.

Pennsylvania Watersheds at Risk: Water Supply Decline

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Watersheds in Pennsylvania are at risk for water supply issues in the coming years as a result of fracking activities that are threatening the quality and quantity of fresh water.

Pennsylvania Watersheds at Risk: Ecological Degradation

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State designated waters in Pennsylvania are protected from pollution, but not from oil and gas related water withdrawals. This analysis shows watersheds in the state are at risk for ecological degradation due to fracking.

Pennsylvania Watersheds at Risk: Drought and Fracking

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In Pennsylvania, fresh water used in the fracking process is typically drawn from surface water sources such as streams and rivers. This analysis shows the amount of water used for fracking in the state is increasing every year.
Photo by David Nix 2015

How Spills, Holes, and Cracks Release Fracking Chemicals Into the Environment

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FracTracker dives into how toxic fracking chemicals and waste products enter our environment through accidents, spills, and equipment failures, and the impact on Pennsylvania communities.
Solar array in PA

Transitioning to Clean Energy: The Success of Solar Tompkins and HeatSmart in New York State

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Peer-to-peer and neighbor-to-neighbor promotion and education helped pioneer a model for adoption of clean energy in New York State communities.

Studies Reveal Health Impacts from Fracking in Pennsylvania

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Studies in Pennsylvania find strong associations between hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and health risks, including respiratory issues and increased risk of childhood cancer.
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