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FRACTRACKER ALLIANCE

insights empowering action

aka FracTracker   |   Johnstown, PA   |  www.fractracker.org

Mission

OUR MISSION: FracTracker Alliance maps, analyzes, and communicates the risks of oil, gas, and petrochemical development to advance just energy alternatives that protect public health, natural resources, and the climate.

Ruling year info

2012

Interim Executive Director

Shannon Smith

Main address

216 Franklin Street Ste 400

Johnstown, PA 15901 USA

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EIN

80-0844297

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (C19)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (W19)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the footprint and injustices of fracking have grown and changed across the country and around the world, FracTracker Alliance's reach and capabilities have expanded to be a counter-acting force for good. The oil and gas industry tramples human rights, circumvents property rights, sickens those who live near its activities, and degrades natural resources and the climate. For five years, FracTracker has built a firm foundation for its organization and provided data synthesis, geospatial resources, issue insights, and analytical services to the public and fellow NGOs - helping to address the negative impacts of the oil and gas industry and support advocacy for change toward better, safer forms of energy. Our voluminous data-driven work is robustly informing public opinion on these most critical matters and underscoring the folly of fossil fuel use and extraction.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Data analysis and mapping of energy issues

One of FracTracker's key programs is the mapping of oil and gas activity and concerns using data procured through public databases, direct data collection, crowdsources, and working with partners. This work is focused on energy issues in the United States, but has expanded to other regions where applicable. Results are displayed through our website (fractracker.org), social media, outreach activities, and as a service provision in support of partner campaigns.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Activists

Explore and Document Nearby Oil and Gas Activity in the U.S. with the FracTracker App - fractracker.org/apps

People concerned about oil and gas industry impacts near them have an updated tool in their arsenal in the form of a free mobile app, available for iPhone and Android users.

The oil and gas industry - from its wells to pipelines to refineries - has a variety of ways of impacting the communities and environment that surround its infrastructure. The first of its kind, the FracTracker app allows people to submit oil and gas photos and reports right from their phones. The latest version also hosts a map of pipelines and active oil and gas wells across the country, and features a news feed of user-submitted reports.

Concerned citizens, grassroots groups, and nonprofit organizations can use the FracTracker app to monitor drilling activity for a specific campaign or in an area of concern.
Reporters, researchers, and regulators can use reports coming in through the app to identify areas of further research and policy needs.

While the app's basemap focuses on oil and gas activity in the U.S., reports can be submitted any where in the world the industry operates.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Activists

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Related Program

Data analysis and mapping of energy issues

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1.) FracTracker is a premier information resource - known for maps, analyses, data, photos, videos, tutorials, and general expertise –educating a spectrum of audiences about oil and gas issues
2.) FracTracker is a trusted purveyor of custom mapping, analytical, and communication services for nonprofit and academic partners in support of their advocacy and research. We also help promulgate this collaborative work in scientific and academic journals.
3.) FracTracker is a responsive collaborator with local organizations to help document and expose the harms of extraction in specific communities, paying special attention to the most disenfranchised communities in peril. We apply technical tools and prowess to the questions impacted communities want studied or answered.
4.) FracTracker is a supportive agent in the quest for cleaner, safer energy – tracking successes of the movement, celebrating activists, providing a forum for organizations to share experiences and insights, and providing innovative tools for documenting and communicating harms
5.) FracTracker is a premier data repository; the organization maintains and makes easily accessible a substantial collection of datasets related to oil and gas infrastructure and issues

FracTracker relies on technology - be that electronic data, online maps, statistical analyses, and/or digital storytelling - to convey the impacts of oil and gas and identify regions and populations at risks. We actively work with communities, grassroots organizations, NGOs, and many other entities to collect data and share their stories with larger audiences online.

We will pursue the best mapping, website, and digital communications programs that we can access with our means and utilize these technologies for public good.

We will refine and improve our mobile app and develop web applications to advance the opportunities for community reporting on oil and gas impacts and facilitate aggregating, studying, and communicating those reports with regulatory and other audiences

Our stellar, talented team of eight staff includes three PhDs, and three others have Master's degrees. Some have authored prestigious books and papers and serve as adjunct faculty. Most have been with the organization four or more years and turnover has been low. This is testament to the dedication and passion of the staff.

The reputation of our work is solid and more partners are seeking us out as worthy collaborators who can add value to their work.

With the proven capabilities of our employees with research, GIS, writing, communications, technology, and data analysis and our dispersed offices in some of the most impacted regions, several foundations have entrusted us with financial resources to perpetuate our mission and activities. While additional support is needed on an ongoing basis, the confidence of noble philanthropies is indicative of the pride, quality, perseverance and accountability with which we approach our work.

As of July 31, 2017, FracTracker Alliance's website, www.FracTracker.org, hosted over 866,000 sessions (652,000 users) since December 2011. The site received 148,800 sessions (120,600 users) in the first six months of 2017. Through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter we reach 20,850 people on average per month. In 2016, staff posted 65 articles on www.fractracker.org. Forty-eight articles were posted in the first six months of 2017. Articles feature interactive maps and examine a breadth of extraction-related issues. In the 12 months form July 2016 - July 2017, the work of FracTracker Alliance was mentioned by 104 media outlets across the globe, reaching an estimated 93 million viewers and readers. In that same time period, FracTracker staff presented at 60 events, directly informing more than 3,000 people about the challenges posed by oil and gas development. From national conferences to local talks, the organization continues to enlighten diverse audiences near and far.

Projects and analyses are diverse and have recently included examinations of pipeline spills and risks, local zoning, compressor station leaks, wildlife and habitat impacts, the footprint of sand mining, groundwater contamination concerns, injections wells and waste disposal, air quality around refineries and much more. FracTracker now has an extensive library of maps and analyses organized by both geography and topic.

A growing portion of our work involves service provision to other organizations. We've helped groups across the country with mapping and analytical support. For Earthworks and Clean Air Task Force, we helped build an Oil and Gas Threat Map (oilandgasthreatmap.com). We're aiding Science Communication Network in interpreting and communicating energy topics. With E2, we are constructing state clean energy jobs maps. Examples of the many diverse partners and impactful projects we've assisted can be viewed at www.fractracker.org/projects.

Finally, testimonials from our partners and map and data users, speak volumes about our value and impact. Here are a few examples:

"Thanks for all that FracTracker does...the Mariner East 2 spill map is so very helpful for small struggling grass roots groups like Lebanon Pipeline Awareness!" -- Ann Pinca, Lebanon Pipeline Awareness

"I can't tell you how valuable FracTracker is to both me and this process we are working on in the Municipal Ordinance Project. The maps are worth millions of words. Thank you for the efforts to enlighten us all as to the matters of fracking. It is deeply appreciated." -- Doug Shields, Food & Water Watch

"FracTracker Alliance has provided accurate and easy to understand visual representations of data that have been crucial to our understanding of frac sand impacts... I am unaware of any Wisconsin organizations with the knowledge, background and expertise of FTA who could carry out this important project." -- Kim Wright, Midwest Environmental Advocates

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FRACTRACKER ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Michele Fetting

Breathe Project

Term: 2022 - 2024

Phil Pritchard

Nature Conservancy and American Chestnut Foundation

Julia Trigg-Crawford

Red'Arc Farm

Amy Mall

Natural Resources Defense Council

David Braun

Californians Against Fracking

Mike Kane

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

Dan Xie

Student Public Interest Research Group

Michele Fetting

Breath Project

Board leadership practices

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    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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