Sunday, May 12, 2013


FracTracker is an amazing resource. Here is their mission:

"The FracTracker Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding of the impacts of the global oil and gas industry by collecting, interpreting, and sharing data and visualizations through our website, We partner with citizens, organizations and institutions – allied in a quest for objective, helpful information – to perpetuate awareness and support actions that protect public health, the environment, and socioeconomic well-being.
To that end, we:
  • Believe that data, science, and public participation should and can influence public policy
    and decision-making
  • Encourage, seek, and accept data from a variety of sources
  • Acknowledge the variable quality of data and provide explanatory “metadata” to
    foster transparency
  • Offer our own analyses, articles, and maps to help promulgate knowledge
  • Provide outreach and training to news media, community leaders, students, conservationists,
    public health professionals, concerned citizens, and others to encourage use of the website"
This is a group of maps that I absolutely love. The first is a map of fracking bans, moratoria, and movements in new york state followed by a table with the city names. The second is a map of municipalities in NY that support fracking. Go fractracker! 

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