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, […]
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: 4600 Penn Ave. Floor 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Entries by Kirk Jalbert, PhD, MFA
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 […]
In this series of articles on the Susquehanna River Basin, FracTracker has explored the relationship between oil and gas extraction and the overall health of the watershed relative to oil and gas extraction impacts. We began with a basic overview of likely relationships, followed by an analysis of oil and gas violations relative to resources […]
A Guide to Current EJ Rules and Potential Changes by Kirk Jalbert, Manager of Community-Based Research & Engagement, FracTracker Alliance and Veronica Coptis, Executive Director, Center for Coalfield Justice The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be hosting a nine-stop “listening tour” to hear residents’ perspectives on environmental justice (EJ). These sessions begin in […]
In the summer of 2015, Sunoco Logistics submitted applications to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to build its massive Mariner East 2 pipeline. The ME 2 pipeline would have the capacity to transport 275,000 barrels a day of propane, ethane, butane, and other hydrocarbons from the shale fields of Western Pennsylvania to the […]
By the FracTracker Alliance In partnership with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action Looking at a map of Pennsylvania, three major rivers span the Commonwealth — the Ohio River in the West, the Susquehanna River in the middle of PA, and the Delaware River in the East. The Delaware River […]
by Kirk Jalbert, Manager of Community-Based Research & Engagement with technical assistance from Seth Kovnant In September, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) rejected a number of permits for wetland crossings and sedimentation control that were required for Sunoco Pipeline’s proposed “Mariner East 2” pipeline. According to Sunoco, the proposed Mariner East 2 […]
Mariner East 2 (ME 2) is a $2.5 billion, 350 mile-long pipeline that, if built, would be one of the largest pipeline construction projects in Pennsylvania’s history—carving a fifty-foot wide path through 17 counties. A project of Sunoco Logistics, ME 2 would have the capacity to transport 275,000 barrels a day of propane, ethane, butane, and […]
By Kirk Jalbert, Manager of Community Based Research & Engagement Kyle Ferrar, Western Program Coordinator Weld County, Colorado, is one of the top producing shale oil and gas regions in the United States, boasting more than 12,000 active horizontal or directional wells, which account for 50% of all horizontal or directional wells in the state. To […]