Custom Maps

We can build custom maps to meet your specific needs, such as a map of oil and gas wells in your county. We map energy infrastructure and the environment around it, which could be anything from rivers and forests, to schools and population numbers. Find examples of past map projects below.

Maps are powerful tools. Many aspects of everyday life that we accept as truth only exist as shapes on a map: congressional districts, borders, and even proposed oil and gas infrastructure. At FracTracker Alliance, we believe in the importance of democratizing the mapping process. That means incorporating your knowledge of the social, ecological, and historical characteristics of a place into the design of a map.

We are eager to use the power of maps to support your work towards clean and just energy solutions. We can work with you to build custom maps that:

  • Support your research goals and produce new insights
  • Provide powerful visuals to support your campaigns
  • Tell stories about the history of a region
  • Capture many different knowledge-bases, stories, and social and cultural contexts

Click the button below to request a custom map, or if you’re not sure how we can help, you can schedule a brainstorming call with FracTracker to discuss options.

Below you’ll find more information on what we can offer and some examples of how others have used mapping to bolster their campaigns.


Static Maps

Great for sharing on a website, on social media, or as a print out. Available in formats such as .png, .jpeg, or .pdf.

This map was made to show the impacts of a pipeline on a drinking water reservoir and its surrounding watershed. This was used to garner public participation in the permitting process, which led to the pipeline being placed at a greater depth at the water line crossing. This will lessen the likelihood of the water line being impacted by the pipeline.

This map shows planned utility-scale electric generator inventory using data from U.S. Energy Information Administration. FracTracker periodically makes maps like this as part of an overview of the national energy landscape.

This map was used by residents in Plum Borough, Pennsylvania in their campaign to stop a waste disposal well in their community. It shows that the well is in proximity to many buildings and above underground coal mines, which could cause problems with the proposed well.

Interactive Maps

This style of map allows users to zoom in and out, scroll around the map, and click on data points to learn more about them. These maps are best viewed in full screen and can be embedded in a web page, as seen here.

This map of the North Brooklyn Pipeline (also called the “Metropolitan Natural Gas Reliability Project”) shows vulnerable facilities and population data within the pipeline’s evacuation zone. It’s being used in campaigns resisting the pipeline.

Story Maps

This style of interactive online map combines photos, videos, and/or text with a map to tell a story. The maps featured in a story map are similar to the other interactive maps and allow users to zoom in and out, scroll around, and click on data points to learn more about them. These maps are best viewed in full screen and can be embedded in a web page, as seen here.

This story map incorporates video footage of volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions from oil and gas wells in Arvin, California, and shows how current regulations fail to prevent this public health risk.


What do we map?

Here’s are examples of the types of information we can show on a map:

  • Energy infrastructure, including fossil fuel and renewable infrastructure
  • Population density in neighborhoods in an impacted area (for example, along a pipeline route)
  • Population demographics (age, linguistic information, race, income) in neighborhoods in an impacted area
  • Schools, hospitals, and other buildings around a site (such as a well pad)
  • Overlapping or compounding injustices – for example, we can show the footprint of past extractive industries, such as abandoned coal mines, overlaid with current threats, like a proposed well pad. We can also show environmental impacts overlaid with social injustices (such as prisons or food deserts). 
  • Ecological areas, such as watersheds, wetlands, streams, and flood zones, or protected land, such as critical habitats for endangered species and conservation easements
  • Ecosystem services such as renewable energy potential, crop productivity, or recreational land uses
  • Proposed future development or uses of the land
  • Your own data! The folks on the ground have the best knowledge about a community. We can work with you to transfer that knowledge onto a map.

Please note that data availability varies based on location.

Research through maps

We can also use maps to conduct research, which may or may not result in a final visual product. For example, you may want to know how many fracked wells are in a county or how many people are living within one mile of a certain site. We can use mapping tools to answer these questions.

Example research questions:

  • How many oil and gas wells are in my county or within a mile of my university?
  • How many wetlands, from the National Wetlands Inventory, does this pipeline cross?
  • How many health care centers are within a mile of this petrochemical plant?
  • Approximately what percentage of the population near this proposed well pad have limited English proficiency?


Below is a list of mapping terms and features that will help you communicate your mapping request to FracTracker:

  • Basemap: the background of the map. There are different basemaps we can use, including satellite imagery, street maps, topographic maps that show elevation change, or simple gray backgrounds with minimal labels and lines.
  • Layer (Data Layer): the datasets we add to a map (for example, Pennsylvania unconventional wells). Layers come in one of three formats: points, lines, or polygons.
  • Features: the individual points of data we add to a map (for example, while Pennsylvania unconventional wells is a data layer, each individual well is a feature)
  • Labels: the unique names of features displayed next to them on a map
  • Legend: also called a key, a legend is a visual guide to the layers on a map
  • Pop-up box: on online/interactive maps, a pop-up box can appear when you click on a feature. The pop up box can contain information or images about that feature.
    • Attributes: the information associated with each feature on a map, such as its name. For example, the attributes associated with an oil and gas well could be the well’s name, company, permit number, and date it was drilled. The attribute information associated with a data layer varies widely and depends on who created it. We can configure pop up boxes to show specific attributes.
  • Widget: tools that can be added to an online/interactive map that can perform different functions, such as a location search bar or a measure tool


This map shows construction incidents that have occurred during the installation of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline in Pennsylvania. View full screen.

This map shows oil and gas wells within 2,500 feet and one mile from sensitive receptors (residences, schools, licensed child daycare centers, healthcare facilities) in California. It’s been used in campaigns fighting for a 2,500 foot setback between wells and these sites. View full screen.

This map incorporates a photo essay of industrial Impacts in Michigan. View full screen.


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