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Sustainability and Unconventional Drilling: Different Definitions, Shared Discourse

By Jill Terner, PA Communications Intern, FracTracker Alliance In 1987, at the World Commission on Environment conference, sustainable development was recognized internationally for the first time. Sustainability in this sense is broadly defined as both the goal and process of serving present needs while not precluding the ability of future generations to serve their needs1. […]

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Researchers “drilling for data” present findings at Shale Gas Symposium

By Lisa Mikolajek Barton, Center for Environmental Research & Education, Duquesne University Two dozen researchers in a variety of disciplines presented their findings at “Facing the Challenges,” a symposium on unconventional shale gas extraction that drew more than 300 attendees to Duquesne University on Nov. 25 and 26, 2013. The Power Center Ballroom was filled […]

WV Field Visits 2013

FrackFinders Wanted

A partner in data-crunching, SkyTruth, is seeking volunteers to find waste impoundments from unconventional oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania. SkyTruth is our “eye in the sky” when it comes to tracking everything from the plume of the BP Oil Spill to flaring in the Bakken. They use remote sensing and mapping technologies to better […]

Ohio Utica Well Water Usage

The Muskingum Watershed and Utica Shale Water Demands

How much freshwater has the unconventional drilling industry used to-date? By Ted Auch, OH Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance Given that Ohio’s largest conservancy district, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy (MWCD), is considering the sale of large stocks of freshwater and deep mineral rights to the Utica Shale drilling industry, we thought it would be helpful to […]

Well and pipeline data in British Columbia

British Columbia Map Now Available

Increasingly, FracTracker has been receiving requests to map oil and gas data from a variety of locations.  Now for the first time since the roll-out of the ArcGIS Online-based FracMapper platform last year, we have content dedicated to understanding oil and gas data outside of the United States.  Specifically, this map is focused on the […]

Frac Sand Industry

Frac Sands Mines and Related Facilities

Northern American Frac Sand Mines Pattern, Process, Quality, Quantity, and US Frac Sands By Ted Auch, OH Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance; Daniel Berghoff, The Ohio State University; Elliott Kurtz, Intern, FracTracker Alliance Part I, Frac Sands Locations and Silica Geology Map Description Click on the arrows in the upper right hand corner of the map […]