In March 2015, the National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation and Empire Pipeline Company filed a joint application with the Federal Energy Resource Commission (FERC) to construct a new natural gas pipeline and related infrastructure, known collectively as the Northern Access Project (NAP). The pricetag on the project is $455 million, and is funded through international, […]
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About Karen Edelstein
Eastern Program Coordinator
Karen Edelstein's work with FracTracker involves mapping oil and gas infrastructure and associated community responses such as our NY Bans and Moratoria Maps, transitions to clean energy, and demographics of impacted communities. Primarily she works on oil and gas development issues along the East Coast.
Karen has been using GIS for environmental conservation and landscape planning since 1999. Prior to and while working with FracTracker she has contributed her mapping expertise to county and municipal governments, land trusts, environmental groups, and grassroots community organizations.
Karen received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University. Karen enjoys gardening, hiking, making pickles and sourdough bread - and the best office-mate, ever: Frida, her energetic and loyal dog.
Address: P.O. # 211, Ithaca, NY 14851
Phone: (607) 592-4131
Entries by Karen Edelstein
The 30-inch Bayou Bridge Pipeline began operations in April of 2016, with a short leg of pipeline that ran from Nederland, Texas to refineries in Lake Charles, Louisiana. But this 60-mile long pipeline, operated by Sunoco Logistics Partners, was just the first step in a much lengthier, and more controversial, 24-inch diameter pipeline project (jointly […]
By Karen Edelstein, Eastern Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance In an apparent move to step around compliance with comprehensive regulations outlined in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a coalition of nine oil and gas corporations has filed a draft plan entitled the Oil & Gas Coalition Multi-State Habitat Conservation Plan (O&G HCP). The proposed plan, […]
Construction is underway for a $3.2 billion, 515-mile-long interstate gas pipeline, running from central Alabama, through southwestern Georgia, and deep into Central Florida. The Sabal Trail Pipeline is a project of Duke Energy, NextEra Energy, and Spectra Energy. Spectra is the fossil fuel corporation responsible for other controversial pipelines also under construction—notably the Algonquin Incremental […]
Over the past half year, FracTracker staffer Karen Edelstein has been working with a New York State middle school teacher, Laurie Van Vleet, to develop a series of interdisciplinary, multimedia story maps addressing energy issues. The project is titled “Energy Decisions: Problem-Based Learning for Enhancing Student Motivation and Critical Thinking in Middle and High School […]
It’s difficult to talk about the risks of oil and gas extraction without providing data on energy alternatives in the conversation. Let’s look at New York State, as an example. There, solar power is taking a leadership position in the renewable energy revolution in the United States. Although New York State receives far less sunshine than many states to […]
By Karen Edelstein, Eastern Program Coordinator Asserting that the proposed Palmetto Pipeline is essential to supply gas and diesel to the residents of south Georgia and northern Florida, Houston-based energy giant Kinder Morgan has found themselves in the crosshairs of yet another battle. Connecting to the existing Plantation Pipeline, the proposed $1 billion Palmetto Pipeline […]
By Karen Edelstein, Eastern Program Coordinator Over the past seven years, there has been a very strong upswing in domestic oil production coming from Bakken Formation in North Dakota. Extraction rates increased over 700% between November 2007 and November 2015, to over 1.2 million barrels per day. With all this oil coming out of the […]
By Karen Edelstein, Eastern Program Coordinator It’s been just over a year since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made public his administration’s decision to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the state. A formal ban was established in June 2015. While Cuomo’s politics and record may be controversial on some fronts, he has most certainly shown important […]