Our thoughts and opinions about gas extraction and related topics

Bill Hughes giving tour to students in shale fields, WV

A Cross-Country Ride to Support Oil and Gas Tours in West Virginia

As many of you know, educating the public is a FracTracker Alliance core value – a passion, in fact. In addition to our maps and resources, we help to provide hands-on education, as well. The extraordinary Bill Hughes is a FracTracker partner who has spent decades “in the trenches” in West Virginia documenting fracking, well pad […]

Kirk Jalbert (left) with Joseph Seamans of the MSDP

Staff Spotlight: Kirk Jalbert

As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about Kirk Jalbert and how he works to document oil and gas development’s impacts on communities with FracTracker Alliance. Time with FracTracker: I started with FracTracker in 2012 as a visiting researcher. I came on full-time in August 2015 after finishing my Ph.D. Education: Ph.D. in science and technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.F.A. […]

Matthew Kelso and colleagues during discussions before a Senate meeting in Argentina

Staff Spotlight: Matthew Kelso

As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about Matthew Kelso and why he works with FracTracker Alliance to analyze data from the oil and gas industry. Time with FracTracker: I’ve been working with FracTracker since June 2010, when it was still a part of the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities (CHEC) at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate […]

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Staff Spotlight: Kyle Ferrar

As part of our staff spotlight series, learn more about Kyle Ferrar and why he works with FracTracker Alliance to conduct and communicate research on the public health impacts associated with the oil and gas / fossil fuel industry.   Time with FracTracker: I’ve been working with FracTracker since its inception in 2010, and started as an official staff member in July, […]

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Welcome to FracTracker Alliance 2.0

By Brook Lenker, Executive Director, FracTracker Alliance The understanding of fracking’s harms has grown dramatically in the last decade, especially since FracTracker’s formation in 2010. Across the country and around the world, environmental and human health impacts of oil and gas development have been well documented. Every day brings new cause for concern. During this […]

Bill Hughes in his Adventura

Staff Spotlight: Bill Hughes

As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about Bill Hughes and why he works with FracTracker Alliance to document the oil and gas industry.   Time with FracTracker: I started in July 2014 with FracTracker, but I have been working on these issues for several years Nickname: Bill Education: BA from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia Office Location: My home in Wetzel County, […]

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Staff Spotlight: Gwen Lehman

As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about Gwen Lehman and how she first got involved in working with FracTracker Alliance and studying the oil and gas industry.    Time with FracTracker: 3 years Education: Currently completing an Associate’s degree in Health Sciences Office Location: Camp Hill, PA Title: Manager of Operations What do you actually do in […]

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Staff Spotlight: Ted Auch

As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about Ted Auch, PhD and why he started researching the impacts of oil and gas development. Time with FracTracker: 3 ½ years College: University of Vermont BS and PhD, Virginia Tech Office Location: Cleveland Heights, OH Title: Great Lakes Program Coordinator What do you actually do in that role? My interests include […]