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Environmental Health Fellowship Opening – Summer 2023

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 10:31

This paid, remote fellowship will provide a graduate student with the opportunity to deepen their academic understanding of environmental issues affecting the heavily-fracked region of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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CalGEM Permit Review Q4 2022: Oil Permit Approvals Show Steep Rise Within Protective Buffer Zones

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 14:01

During the fourth quarter of 2022, California regulator CalGEM issued oil and gas operators 222 new drilling permits, an increase of over 750% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. Of those, nearly half (100; 47%) were for wells located within the 3,200’ public health setback zone.

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Assessment of Rework Permits on Oil Production from Operational Wells Within the 3,200-Foot Public Health Protection Zone

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 12:41

This analysis shows that the policy proposed in SB 1137 of denying rework permits within the health protection zones is a common sense public health intervention. Additionally, denying rework permits will have a minimal effect on production within the protection zone, which is a fraction (just 1.75% in 2021) of overall statewide production in California.

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Book Review Part II: ‘Public Responses to Fossil Fuel Export: Exporting Energy and Emissions in a Time of Transition’

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 08:13

In second installment of this book review, Ted Auch, PhD, reviews chapters 4-8 of Public Responses to Fossil Fuel Export. Published in January 2022, this work explores the social dimensions of the global fossil fuel export system, with a focus on public perceptions and responses to new infrastructures.

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Book Review: ‘Public Responses to Fossil Fuel Export: Exporting Energy and Emissions in a Time of Transition’

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 13:38

In this book review, Ted Auch, PhD, reviews parts one and two of Public Responses to Fossil Fuel Export. Published in January 2022, this work explores the social dimensions of the global fossil fuel export system, with a focus on public perceptions and responses to new infrastructures.

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Proof-of-Work Cryptocurrency Mining: Environmental BOMB, Not Balm, for the Planet

Wed, 12/07/2022 - 15:29

Since late 2021, FracTracker has been collecting information on cryptomining operations around the United States, and has partnered with Global Energy Monitor to further research, document, and map many more of these cryptocurrency mining operations.

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A Contentious Landscape of Pipeline Build-outs in the Eastern US

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 13:50

In this article, we’ll feature four contentious pipeline build-outs in the Eastern United States, show ways in which those pipelines impact natural and human communities, and provide examples of how environmental advocates have challenged these projects, with varying degrees of success.

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Major Gas Leak Reveals Risks of Aging Gas Storage Wells in Pennsylvania

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 10:12

Following an enormous gas leak in Jackson Township, Cambria County Pennsylvania, we mapped oil and gas storage wells and fields throughout the state and found that the majority of Pennsylvania’s storage wells were drilled prior to 1979, making them most vulnerable to well failures.

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Coursing Through Gasland: A Digital Atlas Exploring Natural Gas Development in the Towanda Creek Watershed

Wed, 11/23/2022 - 11:15

This digital atlas exploring natural gas development in the Towanda Creek watershed is the fourth in a series of FracTracker Alliance watershed impact analyses in the Susquehanna River Basin.

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Falcon Pipeline Online, Begins Operations Following Violations of Clean Streams Law

Thu, 11/17/2022 - 12:43

The Shell ethane cracker in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, and Falcon Pipeline begin operations following civil penalties from Pennsylvania regulators for violations of the Clean Streams Law.

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Letter to Equinor USA

Wed, 11/16/2022 - 07:46

A letter written to Equinor USA Operations Manager Chris Golden in September 2022 requesting that Equinor USA cease plans to invest in carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), and hydrogen development in the United States.

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FracTracker Receives Two Federal Grants to Support Community Air Monitoring Initiatives in the Ohio River Valley

Fri, 11/04/2022 - 09:55

We are pleased to announce that FracTracker Alliance has been selected for two EPA grants totaling $925,302 to support community air monitoring initiatives in the Ohio River Valley.

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Fracking and the Pennsylvania Midterm Election

Wed, 11/02/2022 - 16:21

Fracking is one of many issues on our minds as voters cast their ballots for the Pennsylvania midterm election. Read more about what's at stake in November 2022.

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Synopsis: Risks to the Greater Columbus Water Supply from Oil and Gas Production

Mon, 10/31/2022 - 18:39

A white paper by Columbus Community Rights Coalition (CCRC) will inform resident stakeholders of risks to the water associated with oil & gas production activities occurring within their watershed region of Columbus, Ohio.

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Now Accepting Nominations for 2022 Community Sentinel Awards

Wed, 10/12/2022 - 09:08

FracTracker Alliance is accepting nominations for the 2022 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship until October 28, 2022.

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