Wildlife & Ecology

Explore the articles and maps below to learn the impact of fracking on wildlife and ecology. Oil and gas activities can harm endangered species, critical habitats, watersheds, and ecosystems by polluting the air and water, installing disrupting infrastructure such as roads or pipelines, creating noise and light pollution, and more.

FracTracker Articles & Maps – Wildlife & Ecology

Learn about the impact of fracking on wildlife and ecology through visualizations such as maps, digital atlases of critical watersheds, and aerial photography.

Dunes, Great Lakes Barrens at Risk

World Class Dunes and Great Lakes Barrens at Risk at Ludington

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By Dave Dister, Consulting Ecologist, Ludington, MI One of the…

“Taking” Wildlife in PA, OH, WV

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By Karen Edelstein, Eastern Program Coordinator, FracTracker…

The Mississippi Fracking Fight: Saving Forests, Woodpeckers, and the Climate

By Wendy Park, senior attorney with the Center for Biological…

The Ultimate Price of PA State Forest Drilling

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By Ted Auch, Matt Kelso, and Sam Rubright PA DCNR recently released…
Bird’s eye view of a sand mine in Wisconsin. Photo by Ted Auch 2013.

Quick Sand: Frack Sand Mining in Wisconsin

Each silica sand mine displaces 871 acres of wetlands and more…

Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling: Risks to the Sea Otter

By Emily Watson, FracTracker Summer Intern Sea otters, an…

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