Sabrina Shankman was an intern at ProPublica. A graduate of UC Berkeleyâs Graduate School of Journalism, she has written for the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, and was a researcher on PBS/Frontline's "Black Money" documentary. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Before attending graduate school, she was a crime reporter at the Taunton Daily Gazette in Massachusetts. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from New York University.
After Katrina, New Orleans police officers circulated orders authorizing them to shoot looters and "take back the city," but it remains unclear who issued them.
The gas and oil industry is quietly trying to weaken state regulations for drilling on land, focusing on Colorado and New Mexico, which recently tightened their rules. They're getting help from some of the gubernatorial candidates.
Two men from a gas-drilling company could get prison time and steep fines after pleading guilty to dumping wastewater into an abandoned oil well in Pennsylvania. The penalties are among the stiffest to be faced by drillers.
As natural gas production has increased across the country, most states have failed to keep pace in their oversight of the industry. But Pennsylvania has started to buck this trend, beefing up its enforcement staff and moving to put new regulations in place.
A New York environmental report lists options for disposing of wastewater that would result from drilling in the Marcellus Shale, but the operators of those facilities say those options aren't feasible, presenting another obstacle to future drilling.