New bill introduces public O&G lease registry PITTSBURGH, PA – At last night’s County Council meeting, Councilwoman Anita Prizio unveiled a new bill to create an oil and gas lease registry for Allegheny County, which would help the area’s residents and municipalities better plan for oil and gas development within their communities. The legislation, which […]
Author Archive for: Sam Rubright, DrPH, CPH
About Sam Rubright, DrPH
Manager of Communications and Development
Samantha (Malone) Rubright has worked with FracTracker since its inception in 2010 initially as an academic project and assisted with its transition into a non-profit in 2012. With FracTracker Alliance, she conducts and translates environmental health research for the website; nurtures collaborative relationships; manages FracTracker’s student internship program; and serves as the primary contact for media inquiries. Recently, she was promoted to Manager of Communications and Development, now responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of FracTracker’s fundraising activities including our annual fund, grant writing, and special events.
Certified in Public Health, Sam obtained a Master of Public Health degree in 2009 from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Behavioral and Community Health Sciences department, and more recently in 2016 her Doctor of Public Health degree from Pitt Public Health's Environmental and Occupational Health department, focusing on the effects of exposure to cyanide and hydrogen sulfide. Additionally, she has explored and advised on the impacts of extractive industries on communities and public health in Africa and Europe.
Outside of work, Sam is an avid traveler, biker, and wanna-be food critic.
Address: 777 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: +1 202 630-6426
Entries by Sam Rubright, DrPH
Keystone Secrets: Records Show Widespread Use of Secret Fracking Chemicals is a Looming Risk for Delaware River Basin, Pennsylvania Communities A report released today by the Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI) found that between 2013 and 2017, drilling companies injected at least one hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) chemical with an identity kept hidden from the public into […]
FracTracker internships are dedicated to current college and graduate students, as well as recent grads. Each of our available 6-month internships runs from January through June 2019. Paid, temporary interns work 15 hours per week and are compensated $11/hour. This position is not eligible for health benefits, but travel expenses may be reimbursed. Please note […]
As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about the newest member of the FracTracker team, Erica Jackson, and what she’ll be working on in the Pittsburgh tri-state region with us. Time with FracTracker: Today is Erica’s fourth day Education: University of Pittsburgh Office Location: Pittsburgh, PA Title: Community Outreach and Communications Specialist Spotlight Interview What will you actually do in […]
The impacts of the oil and gas industry are visible across the United States: farms sliced by dangerous pipelines, neighborhoods invaded with fracked wells, towns choked by petrochemical emissions, streams littered with throwaway plastics, regions plagued by extreme weather and a changed climate. But hope abounds in the thousands of volunteers working in their communities and […]
FracTracker has received numerous requests to compile a regional map of natural gas storage wells. In response, we have built the dynamic map below covering storage wells in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia: Upper Appalachian Gas Storage Wells Map View map fullscreen | How FracTracker maps work Using Our Map The colored areas on the map […]
Mar 7 Update: The well has finally been capped. On February 15, 2018, officials evacuated residents after XTO Energy’s Schnegg gas well near Captina Creek exploded in the Powhatan Point area of Belmont County, Ohio. More than two weeks later, the well’s subsequent blowout has yet to be capped, and people want to know why. […]
A Public EIA of Shell’s Ethane Cracker Pipeline Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Jan. 29 – FracTracker Alliance has released a detailed environmental impact assessment (EIA), including digital maps, of the Falcon Ethane Pipeline being built to feed Shell Appalachia’s ethylene cracker plant in Beaver County, PA. FracTracker’s Falcon Public EIA Project offers a rich series of interactive […]
Report Calculates Impacts from PA’s Planned Natural Gas Infrastructure FracTracker Alliance released the report: A Hazy Future: Pennsylvania’s Energy Landscape in 2045 today, which details the potential future impacts of a massive buildout of Marcellus Shale wells and associated natural gas infrastructure. Industry analysts forecast 47,600 new unconventional oil and gas wells may be drilled in […]
The Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship, launched in 2015, is awarded each year to three people who work to guard their communities from the harms of oil and gas development. Below is a reflection of the 2017 honorees and Community Sentinel Award Program held on November 18, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. This year, 18 people were nominated […]