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Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.

Amy Mall

As a kid I played outside most days, and I still aim for that today; Before NRDC I worked in the private sector as well as in county, state and federal government.  In 2001 I joined NRDC’s Land and Wildlife Program. Now I work to protect wild places, wildlife habitat, and nearby communities from harmful oil and gas operations

Recent Posts

In Texas, oil and gas companies get away with ignoring the rules that protect drinking water

Posted February 10, 2016 by Amy Mall

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A scathing investigation by WFAA in Texas has found that oil and gas companies are ignoring a significant state rule that is intended to protect underground sources of drinking water. And despite apparent "numerous violations" of state regulations, the agency...continued

More drinking water contamination linked to the oil and gas industry in Texas and Pennsylvania

Posted February 5, 2016 by Amy Mall

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Two recent drinking water investigations in Texas show dangerous levels of contamination. The larger study tested 550 water samples collected from public and private water wells in the north Texas Barnett Shale region over a three-year period and found that...continued

More evidence that oil and gas industry overstates job creation

Posted February 2, 2016 by Amy Mall

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I've blogged several times in the past about how the oil and gas industry and its political allies grossly overstate the number of jobs it creates. A new report out from Pennsylvania confirms this is still happening. According to PennLive,...continued

"Fracking Brings Steep Drops in Home Values in Some Neighborhoods"

Posted December 30, 2015 by Amy Mall

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A new peer-reviewed study published in the American Economic Review has found that Pennsylvania homes located in areas using well water saw home prices drop by an average of $30,1676 when shale gas drilling occurred within a distance of 1.5...continued

Tell the BLM to cancel oil and gas leases in roadless areas of the White River National Forest

Posted December 29, 2015 by Amy Mall

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For years, NRDC has been working with local partners to protect pristine roadless areas in national forests, including those in the White River National Forest in Colorado. The White River National Forest is an iconic Colorado treasure. Its stunning mountains...continued

Tell the National Park Service to stop oil exploration in the home of the endangered Florida panther

Posted December 15, 2015 by Amy Mall

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This blog post was authored by Staff Attorney Alison Kelly: This past summer, the National Park Service received tens of thousands of public comments asking it to reject an oil company's proposal for oil exploration in Florida's Big Cypress National...continued

New Rules for Fracking on Public Lands Fall Short

Posted March 20, 2015 by Amy Mall

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This blog post is co-authored with Matthew McFeeley and Briana Mordick The Obama administration's Bureau of Land Management (a division of the Department of the Interior) today released new rules for fracking ("hydraulic fracturing") on public and tribal lands. The...continued

Federal fracking rules imminent--clean water, wild places must trump oil & gas industry interests

Posted March 11, 2015 by Amy Mall

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In late February, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell said that publication of the Bureau of Land Management's new rules for fracking on the nation's public lands would be "soon." Such rules are long overdue -- its been decades since...continued

New poll: most scientists oppose increased fracking

Posted February 6, 2015 by Amy Mall

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An important new poll on science surveyed two groups: (1) members of the public; and (2) scientists connected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The poll covered a range of science, engineering and technology issues, and...continued

Oil and gas companies not walking the walk when it comes to recycling fracking wastewater

Posted September 30, 2014 by Amy Mall

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According to a recent article in the Greeley Tribune, the oil and gas industry in Weld County, Colorado is producing more wastewater than it can handle. Weld County is a hotbed of the industry, with 21,595 active oil and gas wells,...continued

More scientific evidence of risks to wildlife from oil and gas development

Posted September 17, 2014 by Amy Mall

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I've blogged before about the risks to wildlife from oil and gas development. For example, declining mule deer herds in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. The latest science now documents the impacts on another species--elk--from natural gas operations. Scientists compared data on elk...continued

Louisiana: auditor finds state not effectively regulating oil and gas wells

Posted September 15, 2014 by Amy Mall

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I recently blogged about an investigation by the Pennsylvania Auditor General which found that the state's Department of Environmental Protection is "unprepared to effectively administer laws and regulations to protect drinking water and unable to efficiently respond to citizen complaints."...continued

Pennsylvania discloses more drinking water contamination caused by the oil and gas industry

Posted September 3, 2014 by Amy Mall

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In July I blogged about a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigation that uncovered 209 cases where the oil and gas industry contaminated Pennsylvania private water supplies between 2008 and 2014. That number was based on an "early version" of a spreadsheet compiled by state regulators and provided to the Post-Gazette in...continued

Pennsylvania: yet another report on dangerous environmental and health impacts in the frack patch

Posted August 15, 2014 by Amy Mall

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Exactly three years ago, I blogged about Pam Judy in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Pam's family experienced severe health symptoms after a compressor station was built on her neighbor's property, including nose bleeds, vertigo, mouth blisters, extreme headaches, fatigues, vomiting, and emergency room visits. Air...continued

"Biological impacts of fracking still largely unknown"

Posted August 5, 2014 by Amy Mall

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A new peer-reviewed scientific paper outlines in detail the threats of fracking to plants and wildlife. The authors, from various universities, concluded that there are few studies and therefore significant knowledge gaps. Among their findings: Threats from shale development include: "surface and groundwater contamination; diminished stream...continued

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