by Mary Tuma
Mike Cerny at his home in Karnes County. Photo by Michael Barajas.
Written by reporters from Inside Climate News, the Center for Public Integrity and The Weather Channel, “Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie” explores the threat of air pollution emitted from the highly profitable oil and gas industry. It profiles families affected by the shale play in Karnes County, like the Cernys, who were similarly profiled by the Current in a March 27, 2013 cover story.
The report also takes sharp aim at Texas’ lax governmental regulation when it comes to fracking, pointing to faulty air monitoring systems and little rebuke from regulatory agencies when oil companies violate standards.
“Texas officials tasked with overseeing the industry are often its strongest defenders, leaving the Buehrings and other families interviewed for this story to mostly fend for themselves,” the report reads. “Oil money is so thoroughly ingrained in the Texas culture and economy that there is little interest in or sympathy for those who have become collateral damage in the drive for riches.”
The immersive multi-media report includes photos, video and interactive maps.
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Read the full report here: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie