Data driven discussions about gas extraction and related topics.

Tracking the Effects on Farms

By Samantha Malone, MPH, CPH – Communications Specialist, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities (CHEC), University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH); and Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) Student, GSPH If done improperly (or in excess), shale gas drilling has the potential to contaminate ambient air, surface water, drinking water, and/or ground water. […]

Wells in Quebec Along the St. Lawrence

Wells along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada. Please click the map for a larger, dynamic view. The United States isn’t the only place where the gas drilling industry is adversely affecting the environment. I have recently uploaded a dataset from Quebec’s Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement, which includes over 600 wells, including 31 […]

The Utica Shale

The Marcellus and Utica Shale Gas Plays. Please click the image for a larger, zoomable view. By now, most everyone in the Mid-Atlantic states is aware of the gas-rich geologic formation known as the Marcellus Shale.  After all, it has led to thousands of productive (and often problematic) gas wells in Pennsylvania and West Virgina, […]

New Datasets on FT’s DataTool

Several new datasets have been added to our DataTool in the past few days, including: Municipal Waste Operations AML Point Features PA Marcellus Well Permits since 2007 (2010-12-16) Pennsylvania Unemployment Air Emission Plants For dynamic, clickable views of the following data, please click on the thumbnails. [links removed] The “Municipal Waste Operations” dataset includes a […]

FracTracker Visualizes Violations of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act by Congressional District

By: C. D. Volz, DrPH, MPH John Dawes of the Environmental Integrity Project put up a very useful dataset onto FracTracker’s DataTool showing the geographical location of congressional districts. I have visualized this dataset along with locations of violations of the PA Oil and Gas Act across the state. One can get further information on […]