Shale Health Office Available for Southwest PA Residents

It isn’t often that you personally know the personnel responsible for a project prior to its launch, but those of us at FracTracker had that benefit with regard to the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, or SWPA-EHP for short. (Oh how we love our complex acronyms.) Raina Rippel, the project’s director, spoke at the second annual […]

A New Day for FracTracker

By Brook Lenker, FracTracker Director Like the public’s comprehension of the impacts of the shale gas industry, FracTracker is growing and evolving. We’re becoming better suited to expand that comprehension and nurture more inquiry into this game-changing period in energy development. Our innovative website was launched by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Healthy Environments […]

Update from US EPA on Hydraulic Fracturing Study

US EPA Proceedings of the Technical Workshops for the Hydraulic Fracturing Study

In its Fiscal Year 2010 Appropriations Report, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriation Conference Committee identified the need for a focused study on the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources. EPA scientists, under this Administration and at the direction of Congress, are undertaking a study to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic […]

Op Ed – So what’s the rush to drill for gas?

Reposted from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (August 17, 2011) A seasoned environmental health professional looks at the Marcellus Shale By Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D. Haven’t we learned anything from our past mistakes? Public health and the environment have been my life since 1966. I have been a U.S. Public Health Service officer stationed in Los Angeles, […]

Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report Released

Yesterday, the Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, lead by Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, released a 137 report of their recommendations, which is available at the Post-Gazette website. The Commission, composed of industry and state government officials, came up with almost a hundred recommendations, including some controversial items such as a drilling “impact fee”, as well […]

Dr. Christen to serve as Executive Director of PATF

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Charles Christen for his appointment as Executive Director of the Pittsburgh AIDs Task Force (PATF). PATF, the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania, is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as preventing the spread of infection. PATF is a leader […]

Update from US EPA on Hydraulic Fracturing Study

EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Study to Include Sites in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale

As a part of its study on potential effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected seven sites to study in two distinct categories, three of which are in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. The EPA will conduct five retrospective case studies nationwide, two of which are from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, including one […]

Press Release: CPNY – Attorney General’s Lawsuit Recognizes Dangers of Fracking

AG’s Action Compels Feds to Protect Public Health WATKINS GLEN, NY – A lawsuit by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman toforce the federal government to conduct a full environmental impact study of natural gasdrilling is a recognition of the considerable risks posed by hydraulic fracking, say membersof the grassroots Coalition to Protect New […]