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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.
PFAS wells in Colorado Feature

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.
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.

Upper Ohio River in Beaver County: Impact of Petrochemical Facility Discharge on the Community and What’s Behind This Long Battle

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The petrochemical industry on the Ohio River regularly discharges wastewater into the river, toxic pollution harmful to public and environmental health.

Petrochemical Toxics in the Ohio River Watershed

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A look at the petrochemical industry’s footprint in the Ohio River Watershed and how much toxic pollution is discharged into waterways.

New Letter from Federal Regulators Regarding how the Falcon has Been Investigated

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FracTracker received a letter from federal regulators with news on Shell's Falcon Pipeline investigation, but many concerns still remain.

US Army Corps Muskingum Watershed Plan ignores local concerns of oil and gas effects

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Local stakeholders' concerns about the environmental and health impacts of oil and gas in the Muskingum Watershed of Ohio have been minimized or excluded by the US Army Corps' environmental assessment.

Fracking Wastewater Concerns Resurface on Pennsylvania Roads as the DEP Undergoes an Evaluation of Coproduct Determinations

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Though a 2018 legal win resulted in a statewide ban on the practice, unauthorized brine spreading in PA continues. Guest post by Fair Shake.