New Aerial Video of Alabama Oil Spill Exposes Cleanup Problems


Every year, we hear about the latest oil spills, pipeline explosions and pollution…but we rarely see how people and environment are impacted over time. Public Herald is embarking on a new series “American Albatross” to investigate the environmental […]

An Invisible Poison: Oil & Gas Air Emissions

Gas from the damaged Deepwater Horizon wellhead is burned by the drillship Discoverer Enterprise May 16, in a process known as flaring. Gas and oil from the wellhead are being brought to the surface via a tube that was placed inside the damaged pipe. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley) U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Photo by Patrick Kelley Date: 05.16.2010 Location: At Sea Related Photos:

‘Upset’ emissions: Flares in the air, worry on the ground by Kristen Lombardi & Andrea Fuller for Public Integrity  BATON ROUGE, La. — Shirley Bowman noticed the smell after 8 a.m. on June 14, 2012, her 61st birthday. […]

Part 1 of “Fracking Road Trip” Series: Truthout Documents Fracking Across the States

A frack sand processing plant in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin. photo: Mike Ludwig

The Mines That Fracking Built by Mike Ludwig for This story is the first installment of Truthout’s Fracking Road Trip series on the wide-reaching impacts of the fracking industry.   The bluffs rise up gently from the rolling […]

Fracking’s “New Saudi Arabia”

Mississippi River from Fire Point Overlook, Allamakee County. photo: J. Stephen Conn

Sand Land: Fracking Industry Mining Iowa’s Iconic Sand Bluffs In New Form Of Mountaintop Removal A collaborative report by Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog and Trisha Marczak of Mint Press News Within immediate vicinity of a central battleground of the […]

Despite History of Environmental Protection, California Lags on Fracking

Fracking for shale gas in the US. photo: Nigel Hawtin

Hydraulic Fracking in California: New Report Addresses Wastewater and Potential Water Impacts by Jayni Foley Hein for Legal Planet: The Environmental Law and Policy Blog   Today, Berkeley Law released a new report on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in California, […]

An Old and Rusted Sleep


Hunting For Pennsylvania’s Orphaned And Abandoned Wells By Dimiter Kenarov for The Huffington Post Laurie Barr is a hunter. Each year, around November, when the trees in Pennsylvania lose their foliage and the shrubs are nothing but bare […]

Triple Divide: Split Estate


Our Land by Laurel Dammann for Public Herald The following is a look at terms from Public Herald’s feature length documentary Triple Divide that focusses on hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania.  Hydraulic Fracturing, or “fracking,” is the process of extracting […]

Exploited Loopholes: Lax Oil and Gas Waste Regulations


The Trillion-Gallon Loophole: Lax Rules for Drillers that Inject Pollutants Into the Earth by Abrahm Lustgarten for ProPublica On a cold, overcast afternoon in January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside […]