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

Utica Drilling in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the vast majority of unconventional oil and…
Landfill disposal of drill cuttings

Has radioactivity risk from oil and gas activity been underrated?

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Reviewing a Pennsylvania TENORM Study By Juliana Henao, Communications…
Earthquake damage photo from Wikipedia

The Science Behind OK’s Man-made Earthquakes, Part 2

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By Ariel Conn, Seismologist and Science Writer with the Virginia…

Pipelines vs Oil Trains

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By Juliana Henao, Communications Intern Media outlets have…

The Science Behind OK’s Man-made Earthquakes, Part 1

By Ariel Conn, Seismologist and Science Writer with the Virginia…
Oil train - Photo by Washinton House Democrats

Increasing Risk from Exploding Crude Trains

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By Randy Sargent, Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab and Samantha Malone,…

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