By Karen Edelstein, NY Program Coordinator The extent of offshore drilling for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico is nothing short of staggering. According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are more than 3,000 active wells in the federally-regulated waters of the western and central Gulf. Additionally, there are […]
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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: 115 The Commons, Ithaca, NY 14850
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By Karen Edelstein, NY Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance Since 2011, North Dakota crude oil from the Bakken Shale Play has made its way to refineries on the east coast via freight trains. This means of oil transportation is becoming increasingly common, as plans for pipeline development have been falling short, but demand for more energy […]
By Karen Edelstein, NY Program Coordinator Background Drilling in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the United States has been off-limits for nearly four decades. However, last Friday, the Obama administration’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) opened the Atlantic outer continental shelf for oil and gas exploration starting in 2018, with oil production […]
By Karen Edelstein, NY Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance Background Over the past month and a half, a new pipeline controversy has been stirring in Pennsylvania. The proposed $2 billion “Central Penn Pipeline” will be built to carry shale gas throughout the country. Starting in Susquehanna County, the 178 mile pipeline will run through Lebanon and […]
By Karen Edelstein, NY Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance In the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, while the debate rages about underground storage of gas in abandoned salt solution mines near Seneca Lake, the story is quite different to the east at Cayuga Lake. Cayuga has a history of not just solution brine mining, […]
For many months, a battle has been raging in New Jersey about whether to convert the coal-burning BL England power plant to natural gas. While coal-burning is relatively more polluting (especially in terms of sulfur dioxide, NOx, and carbon dioxide emissions) and more expensive than natural gas, natural gas power plants bring with them other […]
Over the last few months, we have received several requests to map drilling data in Florida. Below is the information we have been able to procure to-date. One of the newest controversies in the field of oil and gas extraction is playing out in South Florida, just outside of the City of Naples. While there […]
By Karen Edelstein, NY Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance We’re now in the aftermath of September’s catastrophic floods in Colorado that hit Boulder and Weld counties notably hard, damaging or destroying 18,000 homes and killing at least 10 people. The gas industry has asserted that relatively little damage occurred; only 37,000 gallons of fluid escaped into […]
By Karen Edelstein, NY Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance As of April 1, 2013, new regulations 6 NYCRR Parts 601 and 621 in New York State have been in effect that require users of large quantities of water to apply for withdrawal permits. The largest users of water—those with withdrawals of more than 100 million gallons […]
By Karen Edelstein, NY Program Coordinator According to industry projections, one of the next big frontiers for Marcellus shale-gas development may be in the New York State Counties bordering northern Pennsylvania. However, after more than four years of discussion, two versions of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), and hundreds of thousands of citizen […]