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

It’s Time to Stop Urban Oil Drilling in Los Angeles

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Oil & gas wells in Los Angeles disproportionately impact marginalized communities, producing dangerous levels of invisible, toxic emissions.
Prison Strike Poster by Melanie Cervantes

California Prisons are Within 2,500’ of Oil and Gas Extraction

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California prisoners are on the frontlines of the environmental justice movement, thousands living within 2,500’ of operational O&G wells.
FracTracker map of proposed Renovo, PA power plant

New power plant proposal called senseless and wasteful by climate groups

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Residents and local advocacy groups are fighting a new power plant in Renovo, PA, planned to be constructed on an abandoned rail yard.

Ongoing Safety Concerns over Shell’s Falcon Pipeline

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Ohio River Valley Groups react to a new safety warning issued by federal regulators to Shell regarding the troubled Falcon Pipeline
BLenker_infrastructure-oilrig-southLA-CA_Oct2017 feature

New Neighborhood Drilling Permits Issued While California Fails to Act on Public Health Rules

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California drilling permits continue while Frontline communities and grassroots groups call for an immediate moratorium and 2,500' setback.

California Denies Well Stimulation Permits

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California regulators recently denied 21 well stimulation permit applications—a welcomed move in the right direction—but not enough.

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