DMME’s Fracking Regulations – Public Comment Period

Background document and resource materials provided by the Southern Environmental Law Center: For the last two years, DMME has been considering improvements to Virginia’s oil and gas regulations— the process was initiated by an industry petition in December 2013 to use FracFocus in Virginia as a method to disclose fracking fluids used in well stimulation. DMME […]

2014: The Year of Living Dangerously

Winter brought us the MCHM spill in the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia and the coal ash release into North Carolina’s Dan River.  Suddenly, spring seems just as frightening. Last week, a CSX train carrying crude oil derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia, shooting flames into the air and releasing an estimated 30,000 gallons of crude […]

Just another day

The United Nations has declared Saturday, March 22 World Water Day. It’s aim is to raise awareness about the connections between water and energy – two resources that are intimately connected but rarely talked about as a unit. The UN has its own global messages about how both water and energy supplies are limited while […]

From Binocs to Binary: Citizen Science in the Digital Age

You could say it all started with the Christmas Bird Count back in 1900. According to the Audubon Society, that’s the year ornithologist Frank Chapman proposed a new holiday tradition. Instead of shooting as many birds as possible (at the time, a treasured part of the holiday for many), why not count as many as […]

SkyTruth Releases Fracking Chemical Database

Today, SkyTruth released a database on the chemicals used during the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” at oil and gas wells across the United States. These data (which took a heckuva lot of work for us to compile) are being made freely available to the public for research and analysis. We’re doing this in […]

Downstream participates in “Balloon Mapping” workshop

This short video trailer captures the essence of a two-day balloon mapping workshop that was held at Andy Guest State Park on July 20 and 21. Our thanks to Beverly Pearce of Denizen Media for pulling this program together and to Adam Griffith of PLOTS (Public Laboratory of Open Technology and Science) for such an […]

PA Court supports local fracking limits

A Pennsylvania court on Thursday struck down a provision of a state law that forbade municipalities to limit where natural gas drilling can take place within their boundaries. Read the New York Times Article.

Our Eyes On….Fracking (featuring the Waterdogs)

This is the first in a series of stories about the genesis of citizen water monitoring efforts in North Central Pennsylvania in response to the rush to Marcellus Shale drilling and its potential effects on our water. The Pine Creek Waterdogs, God’s Country Waterdogs, and local Trout Unlimited chapters provide hands-on monitoring to measure water […]

Tracking Fracking: The Sky’s the Limit

Amy Mathews Amos writes for EcoWatch on SkyTruth and Downstream partnership with the Pine Creek and God’s Country WaterDogs. Link to EcoWatch Article

Downstream Takes to the Air over Frack Country with SkyTruth and LightHawk

“The truth is in the sky,” a quote by Tioga County Planning Director, Jim Weaver, sums up our expedition last weekend to Frack Country in north-central Pennsylvania with our project partner, SkyTruth. Jim was our spotter as the Downstream camera crew flew with volunteer LightHawk pilot, Jamie Gamble, on a 3-hour flight over threatened forest land […]