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Environmental Injustice Letter on Impact of Shale Gas Drilling

The Center for Constitutional Rights and Columbia Environmental Law Clinic submitthis letter to provide background on hydraulic fracturing in the United States. The Center forConstitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by theUnited States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR is based inNew York but works throughout the […]


Groups Announce Legal Action to Stop Sewage Plants from Dumping Gas Drilling Wastewater in PA Rivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Groups Announce Legal Action to Stop Sewage Plants from Dumping Gas Drilling Wastewater in Pennsylvania Rivers — McKeesport and Franklin Twp. plants targeted — (Pittsburgh) – Clean Water Action and Three Rivers Waterkeeper served legal noticestoday on two sewer authorities that have been discharging Marcellus Shale gas drillingwastewater into the Monongahela River […]


PA Marcellus Shale Production by Municipality

Marcellus Shale production by municipality. The darker red municipalities have higher production, illustrating that gas production in these gas wells comes in “hot spots”, particularly in the northeast and in the southwest. It is no secret that there is money to be made in the natural gas industry, not only for the industry, but for […]


Communal Fracture: Concerned Citizens of Western Pennsylvania React to the Various Impacts of Marcellus Shale Fracking on their Communities

By Nate Natale The 141 acre farm in rural Washington County was a fixer-upper.  The challenge of clearing the 80 overgrown acres on this property suited Ron Gulla just fine. So did the prospect of renovating the farm’s pond, tenant house and barn- all of which he did. Gulla loves to work, he also loves […]


Data Accessibility and Usability Index

While anyone with a registered user account can put data up on FractTracker’s DataTool, sometimes finding and collecting relevant data in a usable form is more difficult than it should be. I have examined datasets from a wide variety of places (1) and agencies, and after encountering numerous issues, I have devised a grading scheme […]


When Messages are in Opposition, Risk Communication Difficult

By Samantha Malone, MPH, CPH – Communications Specialist, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH); Doctoral Student, GSPH Two reports were issued yesterday by credible sources regarding the safety of natural gas drilling in shale formations. The one was issued by the Pennsylvania Department of […]


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 […]