Part of the Falcon Public EIA Project Pipelines are categorized by what they carry — natural gas, oil, or natural gas liquids (NGLs) — and where they go — interstate or intrastate. The regulatory system is complicated. This primer is a quick guide to the agencies that may be involved in Falcon’s permit reviews. Regulating […]
Author Archive for: Kirk Jalbert, PhD, MFA
About Kirk Jalbert, PhD, MFA
Manager of Community-Based Research & Engagement
At FracTracker, Kirk directs a number of efforts across the U.S. empowering people to document and communicate issues related to oil and gas development. Using ethnographic and participatory research methods, these projects aim to partner with communities to generate maps, data, and digital storytelling projects.
Kirk Received his Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies in 2015 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kirk also has an M.F.A. in media studies, a B.S. in computer science, and taught for nearly ten years in Clark University’s Cultural Studies and Communication Program. Kirk publishes and presents widely in social science and environmental studies journals and conferences, including a forthcoming book on extraction and global activist movements. His NSF-funded research investigated citizen science water monitoring groups emerging across the Marcellus Shale. He is also a member of the PA DEP’s Environmental Justice Advisory Board.
Outside of work, Kirk spends his time gardening, playing with his dogs, and volunteering for sustainability project in his home town of Millvale, PA.
Address: 112 Sherman Street Pittsburgh, PA 15209
Phone: (412) 802-0273
Entries by Kirk Jalbert, PhD, MFA
Part of the Falcon Public EIA Project In this segment of the Falcon Public EIA Project, we first focus on the route of the pipeline and prior routes that were considered. We take a closer look at the properties along the route that required easement agreements from landowners. Finally, we locate facilities that will be built […]
Part of the Falcon Public EIA Project In this section of the Falcon Public EIA Project, we explore the hydrological and geological conditions of the pipeline’s construction areas. We first identify the many streams, wetlands, and ponds the Falcon must cross, as well as describe techniques Shell will likely use in these water crossings. The […]
Part of the Falcon Public EIA Project In this segment of the Falcon Public EIA Project we begin to explore the different ways that pipelines are assessed for potential risk to populated areas. We outline a methods dictated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) called Class Locations. This methods identifies occupied structures in proximity to a […]
Part of the Falcon Public EIA Project In this segment of the Falcon Public EIA Project we continue to explore the different ways that pipelines are assessed for potential risk – in this case, relative to population centers, drinking water systems, and sensitive habitats. We outline methods dictated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration […]
Part of the Falcon Public EIA Project Major pipeline projects are scrutinized by state and federal agencies for their potential impacts to threatened, endangered, and protected species. As part of the planning process, operators are required to consult with agencies to identify habitats known to support these species and are often asked to conduct detailed […]
Part of the Falcon Public EIA Project In this final section of the Falcon Public EIA Project, we explore the Falcon pipeline’s entanglements with a region already impacted by a long history of energy development. Featured in this article are where the Falcon pipeline intersects underground mining facilities, strip mines, other hazardous pipelines, active oil […]
Part of the Falcon Public EIA Project FracTracker began monitoring Falcon’s construction plans in December 2016, when we discovered a significant cache of publicly visible GIS data related to the pipeline. At that time, FracTracker was looking at ways to get involved in the public discussion about Shell’s ethane cracker and felt we could contribute […]
By Kirk Jalbert, Manager of Community-Based Research and Engagement and Matt Kelso, Manager of Data and Technology FracTracker recently updated its Pennsylvania Shale Viewer to reflect the latest data on unconventional oil and gas permits and active wells in the state. Within this data, we noticed an increase in permitting over the past year for Allegheny County, […]
Last week, a judge with the PA Environmental Hearing Board granted a two week halt to horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operations pertaining to the construction of Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline. The temporary injunction responds to a petition from the Clean Air Council, Mountain Watershed Association, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. It remains in effect until […]