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California Regulators Approve More Oil Well Permits Amid a Crisis of Leaking Oil Wells that Should be Plugged

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FracTracker’s in-the-field inspections and updated analysis of CalGEM permit data shows that California’s regulatory practices and permitting policies risk exposing frontline communities to VOCs from oil and gas well sites.

New Film Tells Story of Community’s Fight Against Fracking Waste

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"Hellbent," a new documentary slated for release in August 2022, tells the story of a small town in Pennsylvania and a species on the brink of extinction that are unlikely allies in the fight for a clean, livable environment.

Staff Spotlight: Erika Ninos

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As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about one of the newest member of the FracTracker team, Erika Ninos, and what she’ll be working on with us.

Staff Spotlight: Sarah Carballo

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As part of FracTracker’s staff spotlight series, learn more about one of the newest member of the FracTracker team, Sarah Carballo, and what she'll be working on with us.
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An Insider Take on the Appalachian Hydrogen & CCUS Conference

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Reflections on the Appalachian Hydrogen and Carbon Capture conference, and how companies hope to use new tech to prolong fossil fuel dependence
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Does Hydrogen Have a Role in our Energy Future?

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There has been increasing focus on using hydrogen gas as a fuel, but most hydrogen is currently formed from methane, which could lead to more fracking.
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Oil and Gas Brine in Ohio

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A hazardous byproduct of oil & gas operations, called “brine," poses a problem because of its radioactivity and the volumes produced.

8 Maps to Strengthen Environmental Justice Policy in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania’s environmental justice policy is an important tool for protecting marginalized communities from harm - but it needs your input!

PA Environment Digest Blog: Conventional Oil & Gas Drillers Dispose Of Drill Cuttings By ‘Dusting’

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David Hess reports on the pervasive & dangerous practice of waste disposal at oil and gas well drilling sites via “dusting.”

Real Talk on Pipelines

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This story map contains audio clips and quotes from local officials and residents on the impacts of oil & gas pipelines in their communities.
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2021 Production from Pennsylvania’s Oil and Gas Wells

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FracTracker has released an analysis of Pennsylvania's 2021 oil & gas production totals based on PA DEP data. Explore the maps.
Russia Ukraine Energy Map

Mapping Energy Systems Impacted by the Russia-Ukraine War

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This story map explores how the West's failure to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is funding Russia's invasion of Ukraine

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!

Dimock residents working to protect water from a new threat: fracking waste

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Sen. Muth and Dimock, PA residents are fighting a permitted Eureka Resource Susquehanna facility that puts their water at risk.
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Victoria’s Story

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The story of Victoria Switzer, a Dimock resident who is leading the charge to protect Burdick Creek and Dimock from toxic fracking waste.
This photo is of oil drilling in the Inglewood Oilfields of Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles. Photo by Brook Lenker, 2017.

Implications of a 3,200-foot Setback in California

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California is the only major oil state without a health and safety setback from fossil fuel activity. This article explores what a setback in California means for its people and environment.

Permitting Aggregate Mines in Michigan Poses Very Serious Consequences

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Varying across municipalities, mine permitting in Michigan can bring very serious consequences. This is the second of a two-part series.
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A Guide to Petrochemicals, the Fossil Fuel Blindspot

A complete guide to the social, environmental, and economic risks associated with the petrochemical industry in the United States

New Trends in Drilling Permit Approvals Take Shape in CA

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FracTracker's recent analysis finds that California's drilling permit approvals have slowed since last October, but not across the board. This trend only applies to permits for new drilling and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) wells.

Oil and Gas Drilling in California Legislative Districts

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FracTracker has been working with grassroots organizations to inform legislators and locals about oil and gas extraction in their districts, including maps and tables of the infrastructure in their areas.

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U.S. Map of Energy and Petrochemical Data

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