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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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Jan. 14, 2011, 2:46 p.m.The Interior Department wades into controversy as it mulls whether to require drilling companies to disclose the chemicals they use to frack wells drilled on public lands.
Jan. 7, 2011, 1:09 p.m.A sneak-peek chapter from the national commission's report on the BP Gulf disaster didn’t actually conclude anything new.
Nov. 9, 2010, 12:13 p.m.Testing has shown that methane gas in water wells across the country matches the methane being drilled for natural gas supplies. But a woman quoted in a New York Times report hinted that in Pennsylvania -- despite state official's conclusions to the contrary -- that may not be the case.
Nov. 5, 2010, 4:08 p.m.Following up on our earlier reporting, we explain what it means that 148 of BP's pipelines in Alaska have been ranked for "failure" by BP inspectors, according to documents we received from BP workers.
Nov. 2, 2010, 6:59 p.m.BP oil workers on Alaska’s North Slope say that another deadly accident or environmental disaster could happen at any time because of BP’s continued cost-cutting and inattention to aging systems there.
Oct. 29, 2010, 8:39 a.m.Full disclosure on the questions put to BP and how the company responded.
Oct. 26, 2010, 10:32 a.m.An EPA attorney tried for 12 years to make oil giant BP operate safely. Now, recently retired, she says BP should be banned from doing business with the U.S. government. A ProPublica and PBS FRONTLINE investigation.
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Sep. 8, 2010, 5:35 p.m.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.
Sep. 1, 2010, 4:42 p.m.The federal government is warning residents in a small Wyoming town with extensive natural gas development not to drink their water.
Aug. 4, 2010, 4:17 p.m.New York senate passes a bill that could effectively ban most gas and oil drilling until May 15.
Aug. 2, 2010, 2:56 p.m.Why methane contamination is a bellwether issue in discussion of the safety of hydraulic fracturing.
July 29, 2010, 10 a.m.A Senate bill to crack down on oil drillers includes a measure to protect groundwater from natural gas drilling.
June 18, 2010, 2:28 p.m.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.
June 7, 2010, 9 p.m.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.
May 17, 2010, 1:27 p.m.A lawsuit alleges that BP never reviewed critical engineering designs for another oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
May 4, 2010, 5:30 p.m.In a letter to a BP executive this year, two congressman warned that the company's cost-cutting could jeopardize safety.
April 30, 2010, 5:44 p.m.Oil dispersants used in the Gulf of Mexico contain their own toxins and can concentrate leftover oil toxins in the water.
April 29, 2010, 11:01 p.m.BP has been fined in recent years for a deadly refinery explosion in Texas and a pipeline leak in Alaska.
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