The largest accidental release of methane in U.S. history began October 23, 2015 with the blowout of an underground natural gas storage well in Aliso Canyon about 20 miles west of Los Angeles. By the time the well was plugged 112 days later, more than 5.0 billion cubic feet of methane and other pollutants had […]
Author Archive for: Sam Rubright, DrPH
About Sam Rubright, DrPH
Manager of Communications & Partnerships
Samantha Rubright is the Manager of Communications and Partnerships for FracTracker Alliance, a non-profit she helped to start that studies, maps, and communicates the risks of oil and gas development. With FracTracker, Samantha 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.
Samantha recently obtained a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) 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 worked in Africa and Europe, exploring and advising on the impacts of extractive industries on communities and public health.
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
Explore and Document Drilling Activity Near You with the FracTracker App The oil and gas industry – from its wells to pipelines to refineries – has a variety of ways of impacting the communities and environment that surround its infrastructure. Given the scope of the industry, it’s almost impossible to see how oil and gas […]
Digging into energy data is a tough job, and there is always more work to do than FracTracker has staff. For fall 2017, we’re seeking three unpaid interns to assist with our data and GIS work, one for each of the following offices: Pittsburgh, PA Cleveland Heights, OH Oakland, CA Applicants should be currently attending or […]
Each year, FracTracker Alliance compiles a national well file to try to assess how many wells have been drilled in the U.S. We do this by extracting data from the various state regulatory agencies that oversee drilling in oil and gas producing states. We’re a little late posting the results of our 2016 analysis, but here it is. […]
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) logs incoming complaints from residents about drilling activity in the Commonwealth, and Public Herald has spent a great deal of time aggregating and making that information public. A recent investigation by Public Herald into that data, with help from FracTracker, has highlighted a number of concerning issues related to […]
We’ve added several new frac sand resources for visitors to our website this month, including a map of frac sand mines, as well as geolocated data you can download. Explore these resources using the map and links below: Updated Frac Sand Mining Map View map fullscreen | How FracTracker maps work On the map above you can […]
As the last article in our staff spotlight series, learn more about Executive Director, Brook Lenker, and how his early environmental work in Pennsylvania brought him to FracTracker Alliance. Time with FracTracker: 5 years Education: I graduated from Towson University near Baltimore in 1989 with a degree in geography and environmental planning. I loved the course of study so much that […]
On September 9, 2016 a pipeline leak was detected from the Colonial Pipeline by a mine inspector in Shelby County, Alabama. It is estimated to have spilled ~336,000 gallons of gasoline, resulting in the shutdown of a major part of America’s gasoline distribution system. As such, we thought it timely to provide some data and […]
As part of our staff spotlight series, learn more about Rebecca Vollmer, and how she came to work on FracTracker’s development needs after her time working at San Quentin prison in California and a hedge fund in New York. Time with FracTracker: I became involved with FracTracker in 2015 as a Board member and began working for the organization […]
With the advent of hydraulic fracturing to increase production of oil and gas from tight geologic formations, such as shale, the demand for fracking sand (frac sand, or frack sand) has increased drastically in recent years. What does this process look like, you might ask. To help you understand this subsidiary of the oil and […]