Notable upcoming events and other announcements

FracTracker is Hiring a Communications Specialist

Priority deadline is May 6, 2022. Apply today to be part of a supportive and high-functioning team that uses data to empower action.

FracTracker is hiring a Program Manager

FracTracker is hiring a Program Manager. Apply today and share this opportunities with your networks!

Introducing FracTracker’s newest board member: Christine Yellowthunder

Meet Christine Yellowthunder, FracTracker’s newest board member. Christine is from Wisconsin, grows trees, and fights frac sand mining.

Environmental Health Fellowship Opening – Summer 2022

FracTracker is accepting applications for a paid Environmental Health Fellowship in summer 2022. Interested graduate students, apply today!

A Community Sentinel’s leadership continues: Melissa Troutman since 2019

2019 Community Sentinel winner Melissa Troutman shares with FracTracker what she has been up to since winning the Sentinel award.

Congratulations to the 2021 Community Sentinels!

The 2021 Community Sentinel Awards include John Beard, Jr., Veronica Coptis, Travis London, and Love Sanchez.

Stock photo - European Renewable Energy Tour 2018

Paid Data & GIS Internship Positions Available for Spring 2022

FracTracker Alliance is offering two paid data & GIS internship positions starting in February 2022. Apply today!

Environmental Justice February Film Series

Watch and discuss

three Environmental Justice films

presented by FracTracker Alliance

Three soul-stirring films.

Dozens of communities separated by space, but connected in their struggles, from the hollers of West Virginia, to the industrial sacrifice zones of Philadelphia, to the Canadian plains, to the heart of the Amazonian jungle.

Immerse yourself in tales of resistance, resilience, and unity, as powerful characters fight for their right to thrive.

Then, digest the epic stories, discuss with other viewers, and connect with the inspiring individuals you’ve seen on screen directly in live Q&A sessions. 

We’ll provide discussion prompts and additional resources that you can use to type your thoughts in the discussion group,* or use with your friends and family Or, sit back and relax as you follow what others have to say.

Registration is offered on a sliding scale – meaning you pay what you want. You can even select the free option if you’d like.

*group details will be sent to you after registration



Live Q&A Discussions

On the Fenceline: A Fight for Clean Air - 2/25 (free, optional donations)

Purchase a ticket to Hard Road of Hope and receive the recording of the 2/11 Q&A discussion panel

Browse the Films

On the Fenceline: A Fight for Clean Air

Watch the film on your own time, then attend the Live Q&A
Thursday, February 25th, 7pm




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On the Fenceline: A Fight for Clean Air is a portrait of a resilient community and an urgent call for justice. After living on the fenceline of the east coast’s largest oil refinery and suffering from cancer, asthma, and COPD, residents have come together to fight for their right to breathe.

We follow Carol White and Sonya Sanders as they introduce us to the health problems created by the 150-year-old oil refinery in South Philadelphia. They are a part of an organization called Philly Thrive that is fighting to expose the health issues plaguing the community due to years of toxic air pollution. An explosion in June of 2019 caused the refinery to file for bankruptcy. With the refinery shut down, Philly Thrive rallies together to protest against the reopening of the site as an oil refinery.

Your optional donations will benefit FracTracker Alliance, On the Fenceline, and Philly Thrive in their efforts to promote environmental justice in fenceline and frontline communities, and protect their right to breathe.

Watch the film on your own time, then attend the Live Q&A

Thursday, February 25th, 7pm ET

After reserving your ticket, you will receive a link to watch the film any time between February 15th – February 27th. You will also receive an invitation to the live Q&A session on February 25th at 7pm ET, featuring:

Rodney Ray – film protagonist; Philly Thrive activist. Rodney is a community leader and a life-long resident of Grays Ferry, Philadelphia. He was formerly employed as a foreman at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions gasoline refinery.

Kristen Harrison, Cinematographer / Editor. Kristen can be found with a camera in her hand at most hours of the day. She is the former photo editor with The Ithacan and former photo intern at The Morning Call. Previous film works include “At the Table,” a short documentary on the life of Father Divine and the work of the International Peace Mission Movement.

Alisha Tamarchenko, Cinematographer / Editor. Through her work, Alisha explores the dynamics of change through stories of people confronting and shifting unsustainable ways of living. She has produced and directed three other short documentaries. “Bruce & Daryl” follows the relationship of an older gay couple as they navigate aging and loss. “Beyond the Waiting Room” tackles the mental health challenges of the veterinary profession. “eCoexist” documents the work of a sustainability organization in Pune, India. Her work has screened in Ithaca, Dallas, Alaska and the UK.

HARD ROAD OF HOPE

We’re extending the availability of Hard Road of Hope to the end of February!

Donate to access the film and the Live Q&A that took place on Thursday, February 11th, 7pm

All proceeds go to Environmental Justice initiatives led by the filmmakers and FracTracker.




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This documentary from Act Out’s Eleanor Goldfield takes you into the often forgotten hills and hollers of West Virginia, where a radical past inspires a resilient present and builds towards a better future. More than a microcosm of capitalist oppression and corruption, West Virginia stands as an example of radical resolve – in the face of dying King Coal and rising King Fracking.

“Hard Road of Hope” amplifies the voices of these forgotten and proud rednecks – the ones carrying the torch from the first rednecks who tied on red bandanas and marched for their basic human rights. It seeks to hold a mirror up to all sacrifice zones, to the isolated folks in pain across the nation. This is an American story, an American history – and for the future of all the people who call this place home, this is the path we must all walk if we want to thrive, and indeed, survive.

It’s a Hard Road of Hope, a pot-holed, precarious and puddled path past the Kings of coal and gas, but they keep walking. We would do well to walk with them for a while – and listen.

Your optional donations will benefit FracTracker Alliance, Hard Road of Hope, and Keeper of the Mountains, an organization that educates and inspires people to work for healthier, more sustainable communities and an end to dependency on fossil fuels, mountaintop removal, and other forms of extraction.

We’re extending the availability of Hard Road of Hope until the end of February! Donate to access the film any time and the recorded the Q&A discussion.

The discussion took place on February 11th, moderated by Ted Auch, Great Lakes Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance, with panelists:


Eleanor Goldfield is a creative creative radical, journalist and filmmaker.

Her work focuses on radical and censored issues via photo, video and written journalism, as well as artistic mediums including music, poetry and visual art. She is the host of the podcast, Act Out, co-host of the podcast Common Censored along with Lee Camp, and co-host of the podcast Silver Threads along with carla bergman. 

Her award-winning documentary film, “Hard Road Of Hope” is about West Virginia as both resource colony and radical inspiration.

She also assists in frontline action organizing and trainings.

 


Paul Corbit Brown, president of Keepers of the Mountain​. Paul has dedicated most of his life to environmental and human rights photography. To date, Paul gives Kayford Tours, travels to educate others about the adverse effects of Mountain Top Removal, and speaks internationally at shareholders meetings on the importance of divestment.

THE CONDOR & THE EAGLE

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Four Indigenous leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian Boreal forests to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of “Climate Justice.” 

The Condor & The Eagle documentary offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film four protagonists learn from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy. Their path through the jungle takes them on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and one another.

The donations collected will support FracTracker Alliance and the film impact campaign “No More Sacrificed Communities” and be used to keep supporting the incredibly important work of our film protagonists. Please give generously according to your financial situation.

Screening and Discussion

Thursday, February 18th, 7pm

Come together virtually to watch the award-winning documentary, “The Condor & The Eagle” and follow-up discussion featuring protagonists from the film:

Patricia Gualinga. Patricia has played an important role in the fight for indigenous rights. Gualinga is a spokeswoman for many environmental projects. Gualinga works to protect the Kichwa People of Sarayaku community from human rights violations resulting from oil extraction projects by Chinese companies on their land. She is a spokesperson for the indigenous-led proposal ‘Kawsak Sacha’, or ‘Living Forest’, that calls for legal protection of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Casey Camp-Horinek. Because of Casey’s work the Ponca Nation is the first Tribe in the State of Oklahoma to adopt the Rights of Nature Statute, and to pass a moratorium on Fracking on Tribal Lands. Casey was also instrumental in the drafting, and adoption of the first ever International Indigenous Women’s Treaty protecting the Rights of Nature.
Melina Laboucan-Massimo. Cree from Northern Alberta, Co-Founder of Indigenous Climate Action where she is the Program Director, and Founder of Sacred Earth Solar. She is the host of TV series Power to the People. Facing firsthand impacts of the Alberta tar sands in her traditional territory, Melina has been a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights. For over a decade, Melina worked as a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada and the Indigenous Environmental Network internationally.

Yudith Azareth Nieto, Film Protagonist – Yudith is a queer Mexican-American artist, interpreter, and organizer, enjoying spending time in the bayous of Louisiana working on projects like CRY YOU ONE, Amor y Solidaridad, a solidarity house in support of undocumented Transwomen, and recently BanchaLenguas, a Language Justice interpreters collective. Currently, she is part of the core leadership circle for Another Gulf Is Possible and a youth organizer with Los Jardines Institute. For over five years, Yudith has been fighting for the rights of her fenceline community in Manchester, Houston in collaboration with T.E.J.A.S and was named one of Grist.org 50 Fixers of 2018.

Bryan Parras. Film Protagonist – Xicano Houston, TX – Healthy Communities Organizer with Sierra Club and Co-Founder of t.e.j.a.s. He is a longtime environmental justice advocate based in Houston, TX. He co-founded the Librotraficante movement, serves as an Advisor to the Gulf Coast Fund, and sits on the board of the Environmental Support Center. Bryan was recently awarded a Gulf Coast Fellowship and has been working to help organizations use media for education, organizing, and advocacy.

Here’s how to get the most out of the FracTracker EJ February film series:

  • Browse the films being offered and choose your own adventure.
  • Secure your tickets to one, two, or all three of the films by following the links under each film. You must secure the tickets for each film separately because they are hosted on different platforms.
  • Tickets are offered at a sliding scale – meaning you pay what you want. You can even select the free option if you’d like.
  • We’ll email you with the link to watch the film. Two of the films are available for you to watch on your own time before the live Q&A sessions. One of the films is a live screening followed by a panel featuring the film’s protagonists.
  • Join the discussion group to interact with other viewers. We’ll provide discussion prompts and additional resources to inspire and motivate you to make the most of what you’ve just experienced through the films. Group details will be sent out to you upon registration.
  • Attend the Q&A sessions and dialogue directly with the filmmakers and film protagonists. They’re eager to connect with you! Or feel free to just sit back and relax as you watch the live events.



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On the Fenceline: A Fight for Clean Air

Hard Road of Hope

Environmental Health Fellowship Opening – Summer 2021

This paid, remote fellowship will provide a graduate student with the opportunity to deepen their academic understanding of environmental issues affecting the heavily-fracked region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The fellow will work in close collaboration with their FracTracker supervisor and their academic advisor.

This position was developed in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and The Heinz Endowments.

 

Fellowship Details

Title: FracTracker Alliance Environmental Health Fellow
Eligibility: Current graduate students
Fellowship Period: 12 weeks (6/7/21 – 8/27/21)
Application Deadline:  April 2nd, 2020
Compensation: $15/hour, 37.5 hours per week
Location: Remote, reporting to the Pittsburgh FracTracker office

Fellowship Description

This paid, remote fellowship will provide a graduate student with the opportunity to deepen their academic understanding of environmental issues affecting the heavily-fracked region around Southwestern Pennsylvania. The fellow will work in close collaboration with their FracTracker supervisor and their academic advisor.

FracTracker Alliance is a national, Pennsylvania-based environmental nonprofit organization that provides visual and technical tools to protect communities from the impacts of unconventional oil and gas development. FracTracker is a premier resource on unconventional oil and gas issues in the United States, and has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the LA Times, The Guardian, USA Today, and more. The organization has received over 1.25 million visitors on www.fractracker.org, where FracTracker staff regularly contribute maps and articles on pressing unconventional oil and gas issues.  

Fellows will perform research and geo-spatial data collection, processing, and analysis with a focus on environmental health issues associated with oil, gas, and petrochemical development. Specific projects and research interests will be identified by the fellow in consultation with FracTracker staff and the fellow’s graduate program advisor. While multiple projects might be undertaken, a signature capstone project and blog post on the FracTracker website will be the primary foci of the experience. The fellow will also have the opportunity to present their work to various audiences in the format of their choice.

This position is not eligible for health benefits, but approved travel expenses for relevant research, meetings, and fieldwork will be reimbursed. This remote position reports to the Pittsburgh FracTracker office. Depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be possible to conduct some meetings in person.

This position was developed in partnership with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and The Heinz Endowments with the goal to bring high quality environmental and public health students to the region; to strengthen the region’s public health capacity to address issues impacting environmental, health, equity and sustainability outcomes; and to provide highly meaningful experience for students with strong academic backgrounds and in consultation with academic advisement.

Apply today to:

  • Conduct independent study relevant to your coursework
  • Deepen your understanding of environmental health issues and solutions
  • Learn and Apply GIS skills
  • Obtain valuable resume-building experience
  • Make new connections in the field of environmental health through participation in a cohort of Environmental Health Fellows from partnering organizations

This position is not eligible for health benefits, but approved travel expenses for relevant research, meetings, and fieldwork will be reimbursed. This position reports to the Pittsburgh FracTracker office. Depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, fellows will likely work 100% remotely.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the fellow will revolve around their capstone project. They may also be asked to assist with daily work and time sensitive projects of the organization. Responsibilities will vary, but may include:

  • Spatial analyses and mapping using GIS software
  • Data mining, cleaning, and management
  • Field research (e.g. mobile app documentation, interviews, air or water monitoring, etc.)
  • Meetings with staff, partners, and/or experts
  • Written contributions to the FracTracker blog at www.fractracker.org
  • Translation of data into information and stories for the blog
  • Developing educational outreach materials

Qualifications

This fellowship is dedicated to current graduate students only. The candidate should possess the following qualifications:

  • Interest in protecting public health from risks associated with unconventional oil and gas and/or petrochemical development
  • Working knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) and Microsoft Office products (especially Word and Excel)
  • Ability to assist with researching spatial data availability from internal and external sources; collect, assimilate, analyze, and interpret data and draw sound conclusions; prepare oral and written reports
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral English communication and research skills
  • Ability to tackle challenging problems with minimal guidance
  • Experience presenting data and information in creative, visually compelling ways is a plus

Completed studies in environmental or public health, environmental science, environmental policy or environmental law, environmental engineering, chemistry, biology, economics, marketing, or nonprofit management are desired, but not mandatory.

To Apply 

To apply, please fill out the form below. The application deadline is Friday, April 2nd, 2021 at 5pm. 

Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview with FracTracker staff members. First-round interviews will take place between April 12th – April 23rd.

Once the fellow has been selected, all first-round candidates will be notified regarding the result of their application by April 30th.

Second-round interviews will take place between May 3rd – May 7th, with the final candidate being selected by May 10th at the latest. All first-round candidates will be notified regarding the result of their application at that time.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Shannon Smith at smith@fractracker.org.

FracTracker is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, citizenship status, age, veteran status, or disability.

This form is currently closed for submissions.

Want to learn more about FracTracker’s internship, fellowship, and visiting scholars programs? Click here.

Brook Lenker, Matthew Kelso, and intern Gianna Calisto counting oil trains as they passed through Pittsburgh, PA

Brook Lenker, Matt Kelso, and intern Gianna Calisto counting oil trains as they passed through Pittsburgh, PA