Natasha Khan

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Natasha Khan is a PublicSource reporter who covers the environment. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she graduated with a master's degree from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications where she specialized in multimedia coverage of border issues and politics.

After two years working with children in South Africa, she decided that journalism best fit her love of learning about others and her sense of adventure.

She has been published in The Washington Post, NBC.com and The Sacramento Bee.

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The Friday derailment roundup: March 27

They just keep piling up.

Since early February, there have been at least four train derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

To keep up with what’s happening on this issue, here’s PublicSource’s weekly roundup.

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This six-year-old got Obama to watch his short film about climate change

The three-minute film he produced with his parents was one of 15 finalists for this year’s White House Student Film Festival. Noah and his parents attended and met the president.

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What Obama’s new fracking regs will do

The Obama administration has laid out its regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. The regs have been in the works for four years.

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The Friday derailment roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Since early February, there have been at least four train derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

To keep up with these incidents, PublicSource will provide a roundup of stories every Friday.

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‘Our children’s children will be staggered by our idiocy’

The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger is choosing one story as his last hurrah after two decades in charge of the paper: Climate change.

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$29 million EPA study will likely tell little about fracking and drinking water

If you want a definitive answer on whether fracking pollutes drinking water, don’t ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, even though the agency has been working on a study to answer that question for five years, according to InsideClimate News.

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Crude oil that exploded in W. Va. would exceed new limit on volatility

The crude oil that exploded from a derailed train in West Virginia in February was chock full of so much combustible gas that it would have been barred from rail transport under new federal regulations set to go into effect in April, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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1.5 million at risk in PA for crude oil derailment

In Pennsylvania, nearly 1.5 million people are in potential danger if a train carrying crude oil derails and catches fire, according to a PublicSource analysis.

That is about one in every nine Pennsylvanians.

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W. Va. train derailment brings questions about safety in PA

The derailment and explosion of CSX train cars carrying crude oil through south-central West Virginia has already reignited a call in Pennsylvania for increased crude-by-rail safety standards.

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Wolf proposes severance tax on natural gas drillers

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced his plans to move forward on implementing a severance tax on the natural gas drilling industry. Such a tax would fulfill one of Wolf’s campaign promises and revenues would go to boost state education funding.

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