Big oil, bad air – wins for Public Integrity
Jim Morris and his team on the Environment beat continue to excel in bringing a human face and powerful data to their stories. Their work on the largely unreported health and environmental impact of fracking in the Texas Eagle Ford Shale
, has won the prestigious National Press Foundation Stokes Award. The NPF people rang me and described Jim as a “legend”. He worked on the project with Inside Climate News and the Weather Channel. As always, awards are a vital part of our impact in the industry and a great recognition of the Center’s work.
As a foreigner who is also conscious of the huge economic benefits of fracking in the US, I was struck by the impact and prescience of Jim’s work when I read this piece in the New Yorker on the huge increase of earthquakes in Oklahoma, definitively caused by fracking
On the subject of What We’re Reading, here’s one from Center Executive Editor, Gordon Witkin:
And a follow up on that story I got angry about last week: Susan Ferriss’s extraordinarily well researched piece
on children being treated as adults and incarcerated or otherwise mistreated by police and pseudo-police. Turns out other people give a damn about it too and more than 90,000 people have signed a petition on the campaign site Change.org
to support the boy at the center of the story.
Thanks for reading this far and I welcome any feedback.
CEO, The Center for Public Integrity