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

Amy Mall

As a kid I played outside in the woods or at the beach most days, followed trails, climbed cliffs and went fishing.  Before NRDC I worked in the private sector as well as in the offices of elected officials in county, state and federal government.  In 2001 I joined NRDC’s Land and Wildlife Program. Now I work to protect the environment. NRDC is dedicated to protecting our nation’s wildest places and most valuable wildlife habitat from irresponsible industrial development.  I've worked to protect old growth forests in Alaska and other western states.  Now my work is focused on protecting sensitive lands in the Rocky Mountain region from harmful oil and gas operations, and on advancing public policies to require more environmental protections for oil and gas operations

Recent Posts

New report: Drinking water at risk from poorly regulated oil and gas waste injection

Posted July 29, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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Yesterday the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an eagerly awaited report on the state of something called the Underground Injection Control program. This program, aka “UIC,” is designed to protect underground sources of drinking water from the underground injection of fluids,...continued

Pennsylvania: hundreds of water supplies contaminated while audit finds state unprepared to protect drinking water from fracking

Posted July 22, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that  oil and gas operations have contaminated Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007. Also in Pennsylvania, the Auditor General issued a report on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its performance in monitoring the potential...continued

Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish

Posted July 21, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week I blogged about explosions and a spill at a fracking operation in Ohio. More details are now available, and the reports offer a cautionary tale of all the things that can go wrong on a fracking site. Here are...continued

More spills in the oil and gas industry

Posted July 14, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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The oil and gas industry claims it is always working to improve its operations. Where is the proof? To the contrary, the news about spills keeps coming. Last week it was reported that a pipeline carrying oil and gas wastewater...continued

Pennsylvania ignoring fracking health reports

Posted June 20, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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Another deeply troubling story about the failure of our government leaders to protect Americans from the consequences of fracking is coming out of Pennsylvania. A blistering investigation from StateImpact Pennsylvania reports that two retired employees of the Pennsylvania Department of Health were instructed by...continued

New report: BLM using outdated rules and not inspecting priority wells

Posted June 13, 2014 by Amy Mall in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report in May on BLM's oversight of oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands. Among the GAO's findings: Annual production of oil and gas from federal and Indian leases of sandstone...continued

BLM approving new wells near communities without essential environmental review

Posted June 3, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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For too long now, the Bureau of Land Management, as well as other federal agencies, have been approving new oil and gas development without necessary environmental reviews. A recent article in the Casper Star-Tribune describes how this "fast-tracking" has been working in...continued

More reports of unsafe work conditions in the oil and gas industry, this time for Hispanic workers

Posted May 27, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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According to a recent report from EnergyWire: "Hispanic workers in the U.S. oil and gas industry bear a disproportionate share of workplace injuries, as gaps in health insurance and language issues put the workforce in greater danger of catastrophic accidents."...continued

Oil and gas industry still causing too many spills per day nationwide

Posted May 14, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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Back in 2011, a CBS News investigation found that the U.S. average for spills at oil and gas sites was at least 18 per day (and that did not include every state). Sadly, the oil and gas industry hasn't cleaned up its...continued

Pennsylvania creek contaminated with high levels of radioactive material from oil and gas wastewater

Posted May 13, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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This news was first published six months ago, but I thought it was important and still blogworthy. Back in October,  Bloomberg reported on a new peer-reviewed, published scientific paper documenting radioactive material found in Pennsylvania's Blacklick Creek, which flows into the Allegheny River. ...continued

"A spike in traffic fatalities" across the country from fracking

Posted May 12, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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A recent AP article, "Deadly Side Effect to Fracking Boom," details the dangers of heavy industrial fracking in the midst of what were once safe communities. Some of the most upsetting findings of the AP investigation: In North Dakota counties with fracking...continued

It's time to eliminate hurdles for split estate landowners to buy federal oil and gas rights

Posted May 9, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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The unfortunate consequences of “split estate” are a reality that more and more Americans are facing when oil and gas development comes to their community. It occurs when someone owns the surface (the land) of his or her property, but...continued

Oil and gas operations "a death sentence for soil"

Posted May 4, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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Today's Denver Post has a very important story about the toll that oil and gas production is taking on soil. Soil sounds like a really boring topic. But, as the Soil Science Society of America says: "soils sustain life." According to the...continued

New EPA reports on fracking waste don't go far enough

Posted April 4, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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U.S. EPA just released two new reports on the waste generated by oil and gas exploration and production, including fracking. NRDC has been concerned for a long time about this dangerous waste, which is exempt from federal hazardous waste safeguards (more details...continued

Dirty fuels shouldn't get a free pass on water pollution compared to renewable energy

Posted March 21, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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It should come as no surprise that NRDC supports renewable energy development. Even renewable energy, however, comes with environmental impacts, particularly with projects that are not responsibly sited. So, just like with any other form of energy, NRDC is working...continued

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