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Recent In The News

Below are select, recent articles in the press covering FracTracker Alliance and/or our work.

Pipeline Incident Statistics Reveal Significant Dangers

January 8, 2019 – NRDC

Oil and gas pipelines in the US are lacking adequate regulation, inspection, and enforcement. As one example, our colleagues at the FracTracker analysis recently published an alarming analysis of fossil fuel pipeline incidents from January, 2010 to November, 2018—almost 9 years. Read More

State DEP Action Clears Way for Construction of Shell Falcon Ethane Pipeline in 3 Counties

December 27, 2018 – Trib Live

The ethane pipeline that will feed Royal Dutch Shell’s “cracker” plant in Beaver County has cleared the latest hurdle with the state. The state Department of Environmental Protection said it has approved permits for the Shell Falcon Ethane Pipeline , 45.5 miles of which will be located in Southwestern Pennsylvania . Read More

The Farm Bureau: Big Oil’s Unnoticed Ally Fighting Climate Science and Policy

December 21, 2018 – Inside Climate News

When Republican Rep. Steve Scalise stepped to the dais in the U.S. House of Representatives in July and implored his colleagues to denounce a carbon tax, he didn’t reach for dire predictions made by the fossil fuel titans that pushed for the resolution.

Instead, he talked about America’s farmers. Read More

Ingram: Natural Gas Pipeline Puts Pittsylvania at Risk

December 19, 2018 – Rockingham Now

Pipeline companies have been working on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) since 2015; both are proposed to transport fracked gas from West Virginia, through Virginia to the coast. Read More

Brown and Trump Administrations Announce Water Agreement that will Destroy Fisheries and Bay-Delta

December 17, 2018 – Elk Grove News

As Jerry Brown gets ready to leave the Governor’s Office in January, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced Thursday that they and the Bureau of Reclamation reached an agreement  on updating how the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Water Project (CVP) are operated “to meet environmental regulations,” reported first here on the Daily Kos. Read More

Judge Orders Moratorium on Offshore Fracking in Federal Waters off California

November 16, 2018 – CounterPunch

In a victory for the ocean, a federal judge on Friday, November 9, ordered the Trump administration to cease issuing permits for offshore fracking and acidizing in federal waters — waters over 3 miles from shore — off the coast of Southern California. Read More

Will Gov. Brown Plug the Dangerous Hole in California’s Climate Action?

May 22, 2018 – EcoWatch

California Gov. Jerry Brown is gearing up to host leaders from state, tribal, and local governments, business and citizens from around the world at a Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this September. His goal is to “inspire deeper commitments” in support of the Paris agreement goals. He has emphasized that, on climate, “so far the response is not adequate to the challenge” and “no nation or state is doing what they should be doing.” Read more

Fossil Dollars Help Fuel GOP Candidate for Ohio Governor

May 8, 2018 – Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report

Fossil fuel companies and utilities are quietly throwing their weight behind Republican Mike DeWine, Ohio’s attorney general, in the race to replace term-limited Gov. John Kasich (R). Read more

Sparking Petrochemical Valley?

April 11, 2018 – The Appalachian Voice

Plans for cracker plants and a gas liquids storage hub could lead to a toxic plastics industry in Appalachia. Read more

Residents ask whether the proposed Shell ethane pipeline is an acceptable risk

April 4, 2018 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The question of what is an “acceptable risk” loomed large over the first of three public hearings on a proposed Falcon ethane pipeline meant to deliver the natural gas liquid to the petrochemical giant rising in Potter Township. Read more

Data to the people: Activists use explosion of information to bring oil and gas projects home to citizens

February 16, 2018 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Feature article on the data and mapping work of FracTracker’s Kirk Jalbert by PG reporter, Anya Litvak. Read more

Activist groups want more time to review Shell Falcon pipeline permits

January 31, 2018 – StateImpact PA

Environmental groups are asking a state agency to extend a 30-day comment period on environmental permits for a pipeline that would bring natural gas liquids to Shell’s Beaver County Ethane Cracker. Read more

For Native People, Fighting Trump’s Repeal of Fracking Regulations Is Personal

January 26, 2018 – Earther

Navajo Nation member Mario Atencio has seen the ways oil and gas can divide people. His cousins work for the industry out in New Mexico, and his grandmother lives in the unincorporated town of Counselor, not far from Chaco Canyon in the northwest corner of the state. Now, Atencio sits on the board of Diné CARE, a Navajo-led environmental organization, which is suing the Trump administration for its repeal of an Obama-era fracking rule, which would have implemented better protections for people like Atencio’s grandmother. Read more

For those living along Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, a human chain of frustration

January 7, 2018 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Patrick Robinson is one of 105,419 people who live along the 350-mile, 17-county corridor of the Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline. Landowners have been complaining about cloudy water, permit violations, illegal drilling and dumping since construction began almost a year ago. Read more

Pennsylvania shuts down construction on Sunoco gas pipeline

January 3, 2018 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania regulators halted construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline after a pattern of “egregious and willful violations” that has trailed the year-old project. Read more

The Dangers of Fracking Waste: Is There Any Safe Way to Dispose of It?

December 8, 2017 – Counter Punch

Commercial Landfills in Colorado have been advised that disposal of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production (E&P) waste is not exempt from Colorado Solid Waste Regulations (1), for example, 6 CCR 1007-2.  Disposal of fracking waste is a nation-wide problem. Read more

Protesters resisting Mariner East 2 pipeline in Pennsylvania feeling intimidated

November 30, 2017 – Newsline

A resistance camp in Pennsylvania called Camp White Pine is seeing signs of intimidation in its battle against the Mariner East 2 pipeline and fracking as a whole, as it looks to thwart two oil giants’ plans to finish the pipeline. Read more

Industrial Polluting Facilities Are Poisoning Black Communities

November 14, 2018 – The Skanner / NAACP

A landmark report co-authored by Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sheds light on how airborne pollutants caused by oil and natural gas development affect communities of color and low-income communities. Read more

Pipelines Fuel Concern for Waterways in Coal Country

October 16, 2017 – West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Boordering western Pennsylvania, the landscape of eastern Ohio is changing, literally. Stretches of hillsides are being cleared of trees, to make way for well pads and pipelines. The oil and gas industry is starting to take a front seat in what’s traditionally been rural coal country. As in Pennsylvania, some people are excited about the new industry. But others are concerned that there’s not enough regulation in place to protect waterways, and other aspects of the environment, from potential harm. Read more

Can California Ban Fracking?

October 4, 2017 – The International Business Times

If you were to parachute into Kern County about 40 miles west of Bakersfield, you might doubt California’s status as a national leader on climate. Pumpjacks spread out in every direction across a hellscape scraped bare of anything green. Scattered at irregular intervals, spires of latticed steel reach up more than a hundred feet, secured with guywires: evidence of hydraulic fracturing, a practice sufficiently infamous that its household nickname, fracking, invokes images of tap water so toxic you can light it on fire. Read more

Pittsburgh Is Going Green, But Who Is Getting Left Behind?

September 1, 2017 – Gizmodo

America’s storied “Steel City” is on the forefront of an energy revolution, transitioning from its long reliance on fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficient homes. Read more

Mapping Sunoco’s drilling mud spills

August 1, 2017 – State Impact PA

Sunoco’s pipeline construction has resulted in 90 spills at 42 distinct locations across the state, according to new information provided as part of ongoing litigation. The amount of drilling mud spilled into aquifers, streams and wetlands across the state is estimated at about 220,000 gallons. Read more

Dozens testify against Trump administration’s proposed delay of key methane rule

July 10, 2017 – ThinkProgress

Dozens of people showed up at the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters on Monday to speak out against the agency’s proposed two-year delay in the implementation of its methane rule for new and modified oil and gas drilling wells. Read more

Alberta a black hole for up-to-date fracking information

June 26, 2017 – CBC News Canada

There have been more than 1,000 hydraulic fracturing operations in Alberta since January. But finding out what’s happening in any region of the province right now is next to impossible. Read more

Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight

May 12, 2017 – Midwest Energy News

Releases of more than two million gallons of drilling mud triggered federal and state agency actions against the developer of Ohio’s Rover Pipeline this month, and advocates suggest those incidents may be part of a bigger problem in the rush to develop Ohio’s shale oil and gas. “I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Ted Auch at FracTracker Alliance, with many other problems, he and others suspect, going undetected. “How many little spills are there?” Read more

Data trove offers new details on complaints to DEP during shale boom

January 31, 2017 – StateImpact PA

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection received 9,442 public complaints about environmental problems in areas where unconventional natural gas development occurred from 2004 to the end of November 2016, an investigation reported, unveiling a trove of documents from the state’s natural gas boom. Read more