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Abrahm Lustgarten

Abrahm Lustgarten
Read Abrahm Lustgarten's e-book, Hydrofracked? One Man’s Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling, on your Kindle or mobile device.

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Abrahm Lustgarten writes about energy, water, climate change and anything else having to do with the environment. Before coming to ProPublica in 2008, he was a staff writer and contributor for Fortune, and has written for Wired, Salon, Esquire, the Washington Post and the New York Times. At ProPublica, his investigation into fracking for natural gas was recognized with the George Polk award for environmental reporting, a National Press Foundation award for best energy writing, a Sigma Delta Chi award and was a finalist for Harvard's Goldsmith Prize. His reporting on BP and the Deepwater Horizon tragedy was nominated for an Emmy.

Abrahm earned his master's in journalism from Columbia University in 2003 and is the author of Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, and also China’s Great Train: Beijing’s Drive West and the Campaign to Remake Tibet, a project that was funded in part by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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Preview ‘The Spill’

Do ‘Environmental Extremists’ Pose Criminal Threat to Gas Drilling?

A state bulletin warns that environmental "extremists" may target public hearings and other events for criminal activity to protest natural gas drilling in rural parts of Pennsylvania, but drilling opponents say the threat is exaggerated.

Feds Warn Residents Near Wyoming Gas Drilling Sites Not to Drink Their Water

The federal government is warning residents in a small Wyoming town with extensive natural gas development not to drink their water.

New York Senate Passes Temporary Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

New York senate passes a bill that could effectively ban most gas and oil drilling until May 15.

Why Gas Leaks Matter in the Hydraulic Fracturing Debate

Why methane contamination is a bellwether issue in discussion of the safety of hydraulic fracturing.

Drilling Accountability Bill Would Regulate Fracturing Too

A Senate bill to crack down on oil drillers includes a measure to protect groundwater from natural gas drilling.

New Documents Show BP Made Little Progress on Alaska Safety Issues From 2001 to 2007

A follow-up study concluded BP had made little headway in addressing concerns from six years ago that it wasn't maintaining safety equipment and faced "a fundamental lack of trust" among workers in Alaska.

Years of Internal BP Probes Warned That Neglect Could Lead to Accidents

BP's own internal investigations warned that the company had created a culture of disregard for safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change its ways.

Whistleblower Sues to Stop Another BP Rig From Operating

A lawsuit alleges that BP never reviewed critical engineering designs for another oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Congressmen Raised Concerns About BP Safety Before Gulf Oil Spill

In a letter to a BP executive this year, two congressman warned that the company's cost-cutting could jeopardize safety.

Chemicals Meant To Break Up BP Oil Spill Present New Environmental Concerns

Oil dispersants used in the Gulf of Mexico contain their own toxins and can concentrate leftover oil toxins in the water.

BP Had Other Problems in Years Leading to Gulf Spill

BP has been fined in recent years for a deadly refinery explosion in Texas and a pipeline leak in Alaska.

New York Puts Brakes on Drilling in NYC Watershed, Clears Way for Upstate Wells by Next Spring

New York State officials have all but banned hydrofracking in New York City's watershed.

Louisiana Well Blowout Forces Hundreds From Homes

Trouble at a natural gas well contaminates an aquifer near Shreveport, and nearby residents are evacuated.

Cabot Oil & Gas’s Marcellus Drilling to Slow After PA Environment Officials Order Wells Closed

Pennsylvania comes down hard on a natural gas company whose drilling contaminated drinking water.

Broad Scope of EPA’s Fracturing Study Raises Ire of Gas Industry

A new EPA study of hydraulic fracturing is expected to provide a broad look at the natural gas drilling process, including injection spills, leaks and water contamination incidents.

EPA Launches National Study of Hydraulic Fracturing

The U.S. EPA plans a nationwide study to see if reported water contamination in gas drilling areas is caused by the practice of injecting chemicals and water underground to fracture the gas-bearing rock.

Congress Launches Investigation Into Gas Drilling Practices

A House committee is investigating potential environmental impacts from hydraulic fracturing, as two companies acknowledge using diesel-based fluids in their wells.

Natural Gas Drilling: What We Don’t Know

The issues surrounding the production of natural gas are far less settled than the industry contends.

State Oil and Gas Regulators Are Spread Too Thin to Do Their Jobs

As the gas drilling industry has boomed nationwide, the number of inspectors looking for violations has not kept pace, with some wells going uninspected for years.
Abrahm Lustgarten
Read Abrahm Lustgarten's e-book, Hydrofracked? One Man’s Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling, on your Kindle or mobile device.

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