The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

One month after publication of EHN.org's groundbreaking "Fractured" investigation, lawmakers, civic groups and journalists are pulling our findings into news coverage, community actions, and calls for policy change.

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California county set for major expansion in oil, gas drilling

Health, environmental concerns aren’t deterring Kern County from a future with thousands more oil and gas wells.
www.pghcitypaper.com
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Allegheny County Councilor Hallam introduces bill to ban fracking in most county parks

The city of Pittsburgh has long had a moratorium against natural gas drilling, aka fracking, on the books since 2005, but that hasn't been true for Allegheny County as a whole.

newrepublic.com
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Kick the fracking industry out of Indian Country

For decades, the federal government has helped the extractive industry exploit Indigenous lands. Instead, it could support tribes that want to say “no.”
www.theguardian.com
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'No one explained': Fracking brings pollution, not wealth, to Navajo land

Navajo Nation members received 'a pittance' for access to their land. Then came the spills and fires.

www.post-gazette.com
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Pittsburgh and PWSA raise concerns over proposed Plum shale gas well

Mayor, PWSA ask governor to revoke state permit for first shale gas wastewater well in Allegheny County citing concern about water source.

www.publicsource.org
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With Biden in Pittsburgh, 13 experts debate the city's infrastructure needs

PublicSource talked to 13 academics, politicians and leaders to ask: What are the most pressing infrastructure needs for Pittsburgh?
e360.yale.edu
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The oil well next door: California's silent health hazard

Unlike other oil-producing states, much of the drilling in California takes place in residential neighborhoods, often in Spanish-speaking communities. Despite mounting complaints about pollution from the wells, the state has failed to take action.

stateimpact.npr.org
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Injection wells exist to hold fracking wastewater — but the water can move. Here’s how

If the chemical-laced water reaches the surface, it can cause problems. One expert says it would be hard to totally prevent that from happening.
www.post-gazette.com
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Pa. Supreme Court ruling erodes Marcellus Shale royalty cheating case

High court rules 6-1 Pennsylvania’s consumer protection law does not apply to landowners that lease drilling rights on their property.  
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Europe’s plastics industry is about to boom. U.S. fracking is driving it

Even as the European Union rolls out aggressive plans for reducing plastic waste, countries are importing cheap ethane gas to fuel their plastics industries.
www.oregonlive.com
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Oregon officials: Illegally dumped radioactive fracking waste will stay in the ground

In 2019, a tipster from North Dakota alerted Oregon regulators that the Oregon landfill might have been accepting radioactive waste from a company disposing of solid waste from a project in the Bakken Formation — one of North America’s largest contiguous oil and natural gas deposits.
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Lola Energy nabs former EdgeMarc oil and gas assets as Revolution pipeline restarts

The Butler County oil and gas assets of a driller — once backed by Goldman Sachs but later plunged into bankruptcy by the explosion of the Revolution pipeline in 2018 — now belong to Lola Energy.

www.alleghenyfront.org
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Why frack wastewater injected underground doesn't always stay there

One geologist says the landscape is like "Swiss cheese" from a century of drilling. All those wells could allow fracking wastewater to travel to the surface.
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Americans have sorted ourselves into communities defined by geography, demography, ideology. But the shared trauma of flooding offers an opening.

These environmental reporters told you so

Florida's Piney Point is the latest predicted disaster. Maybe we should start listening to these folks?

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Racism, inequities move to the center of the climate debate

COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter protests threw underlying systemic inequity magnifying climate change impacts into sharp relief.

Fractured: About our data

How EHN tested the air, water, and urine of families in Pennsylvania fracking country for harmful chemicals.

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