Health & Safety

The FracTracker articles and maps below explore the ways that unconventional oil & gas development impact public health and safety, including air pollution, water contamination, pipeline incidents such as explosions, fracking-induced earthquakes, and more. We analyze many of these issues through an Environmental Justice lens, considering that marginalized communities are disproportionately impacted by health issues caused by oil and gas activities.

FracTracker Articles

2021 Pipeline Incidents Update: Safety Record Not Improving

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The map below shows 6,950 total incidents since 2010, translating to 1.7 incidents per day. Pipelines are dangerous, in part because regulation around them is ineffective.

Shell’s Falcon Pipeline Under Investigation for Serious Public Safety Threats

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Shell’s Falcon Pipeline, which is designed to carry ethane to the Shell ethane cracker in Beaver County, PA for plastic production, has been under investigation by federal and state agencies, since 2019.

Kern County’s Drafted EIR Will Increase the Burden for Frontline Communities

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Built on sound data and ample research, FracTracker recommends several measures be taken to protect the health of California's overburdened Frontline Communities.
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California Oil & Gas Setbacks Recommendations Memo

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The purpose of this memo is to recommend guidelines to CalGEM for evaluating the economic value of the social benefits and costs to people and the environment in requiring a 2,500 foot setback for oil and gas drilling (OGD) activities.

Industrial Impacts in Michigan: A Photo Essay & Story Map

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Southwest Detroit and neighboring South Rockwood in Monroe County…
CA Setbacks Map

People and Production: Reducing Risk in California Extraction

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Executive Summary New research shows that low-income communities…

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