Starkey Citizens for a Clean & Healthy Environment
Fracking Sites in Pennsylvania

Exactly two weeks ago, we officially launched the first stage of our new skytruthing initiative—FrackFinder: Project TADPOLE. Since the launch, our amazing volunteers have taken the project from 10 percent complete to 73 percent complete; that’s over 64,000 completed tasks (task = number of times an image is viewed and classified).

On our website is a live, interactive map that illustrates, by county, the progress that our FrackFinder volunteers have made toward completing all tasks for Pennsylvania. So far, we have focused on natural gas drilling and fracking in the Marcellus Shale region of William Penn’s woods. Now, we are working on preparing the next stage of this project, which expands FrackFinder to the Marcellus Shale region in another state—West Virginia.

We continuously keep the lines of communication open with our volunteers and have gotten some great feedback. One volunteer shared with us an image that seems at first to be a bad photoshop job. The image, shown below, was captured by an aerial survey in 2010 over a permitted well pad in Butler County, Pennsylvania. However, while it looks electronically manipulated, we believe that the image is really a sort of real-world photoshop called hydroseeding. Hydroseeding is a reclamation process that involves spraying a slurry that contains seeds, fertilizer, mulch and/or soil stabilizer, etc., on bare Earth to help re-vegetate and prevent erosion.
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