The production of fracking waste in the Appalachian Basin puts public health and safety at risk. Fracking produces more than just oil and gas — billions of gallons of highly toxic waste are also created in the process. Regulatory loopholes have led to limited oversight into how this waste is tracked and treated, […]
About Erica Jackson
Manager of Community Outreach and Support
Erica leads FracTracker Alliance’s outreach efforts and supports the mapping and data needs of communities impacted by oil and gas development. Utilizing FracTracker’s online platforms, outreach programs, and mapping and data expertise, Erica engages the public in fracking issues and provides resources to support local organizations and campaigns. Her work - in partnership with local allies - focuses on the Ohio River corridor and other regions confronted by fossil fuel harms.
Erica received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. During her undergraduate career, she completed research on environmental justice concerns regarding Pittsburgh’s air quality, and continued to research the region’s air as a fellow within Pitt’s Center for Healthy Environments and Communities. She has also held various environmental education positions in Pittsburgh, California, and Alaska, and enjoys engaging people on environmental issues. In her free time, Erica likes to explore the outdoors with friends or stay inside painting and crafting.
FracTracker Alliance has released a new map of drilling fluid spills along the Mariner East 2 pipeline route, showing 320 spills from its construction since 2017. Of those, a combined 147 incidents have released over 260,000 gallons of drilling fluid into Pennsylvania waterways. The unpermitted discharge of drilling fluid, considered “industrial waste,” into waters of […]
Part of the Falcon Public Environmental Impact Assessment – a FracTracker series on the impacts of Falcon Ethane Pipeline System Challenges have plagued Shell’s construction of the Falcon Pipeline System through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, according to documents from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Records […]
FracTracker Alliance has released a new national map, filled with energy and petrochemical data. Explore the map, continue reading to learn more, and see how your state measures up! The items on the map (followed by facility count in parenthesis) include: This map is by no means exhaustive, but is exhausting. It takes a lot […]
A recent study out of Carnegie Mellon University estimated that for every three job years created by fracking in the Marcellus Shale, one year of life is lost for a resident due to increased pollution exposure. As fracking continues to expand around the perimeter of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — one of the top ten most […]
New maps show the build-out of oil and gas infrastructure that converts the upper Ohio River Valley’s fracked gas into petrochemical products In 2004, Range Resources purchased land in Washington County, Pennsylvania and “fracked” the first well in the Marcellus Shale, opening the flood gates to a wave of natural gas development. Since then, oil […]
New research on fracking health impacts, combined with unusually high rates of pediatric cancer, sound alarm bells in Pennsylvania FracTracker isn’t the only one digging deeper into the health impacts of fracking in the past few months. Last week, the Better Path Coalition organized a meeting at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to share […]
Plastic has been getting a lot of negative press lately. It’s killing marine life, forming vortexes in the ocean, and being burned instead of recycled. But until recently, most of the attention has focused on plastic pollution – the waste that turns up after a product has served its purpose. Now that’s changed- the Center […]
Part of the Falcon Public EIA Project In March of 2019, two and a half years after Shell Pipeline Co. announced plans for the Falcon Ethane Pipeline System, the imported pipes arrived at the Port of Philadelphia. As tree clearing and construction begins, we share frustration with residents that the project is underway while many […]