Uncovering Misconduct & Hidden Data in the DEP

For the first time ever, the public has access to thousands of citizen complaints related to fracking in Pennsylvania – the second largest producer of natural gas behind Texas thanks to a three-year investigation by investigative team at Public Herald.

These records have been kept hidden by state officials until now.

These complaints reveal information unavailable anywhere else, including dialogue between impacted residents, state officials and the industry, water test results, reports of health problems, inspection notes, etc and are mapped by municipality to show the density of complaints across the state.

Through this webinar you will:

  • Get an insider’s look into this report and the opportunity to interact with the team behind the report.
  • Learn how to navigate Public Herald’s Complaint Map and database.
  • Find out about a new Pennsylvania-wide accountability campaign calling on the state Attorney General Josh Shapiro to conduct his own investigation on the DEP, based on the evidence.

Halt the Harm joined forces with Public Herald for an exclusive opportunity to hear directly from members of the Public Herald team behind this report, Melissa Troutman and Sierra Shamer.

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About the Presenters:

Melissa Troutman

Melissa Troutman


Melissa Troutman is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who co-founded the investigative news nonprofit Public Herald in 2011, where she currently serves at Executive Director.

Sierra Shamer

Sierra Shamer


Sierra Shamer is a geographer, a community organizer with the Shalefield Organizing Committee, and a data journalist with Public Herald.

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