Natasha Khan

Reporter | PublicSource

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, and The Sacramento Bee.


Content by Natasha Khan

From the source

Frac sand, like that spilled in Uniontown, a necessary component of fracking

Last week a train hauling frac sand for use in the Marcellus Shale derailed in Uniontown, Pa.

No one was injured, but several train cars landed near homes, spilling their loads of sand. The Federal Railroad Administration is investigating the incident.

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Obama takes hard line on climate action

"I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts.”


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Police arrest eight anti-fracking protesters at Wolf inauguration

Eight people protesting fracking were arrested today at Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration. State police arrested the protesters for disorderly conduct after they interrupted Wolf’s speech by whistling and shouting at him, urging him to ban fracking, according to StateImpact Pennsylvania.

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Clean Air Council looks at health impact of cracker plant

The Clean Air Council has looked the potential health impact of Shell's proposed ethane cracker plant on Beaver County’s residents.

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Shell to pay Nigerian fishing community $84 million after two massive oil spills

Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay $84 million in a settlement with thousands of Nigerian fishermen and the Bodo community in the Niger Delta after two oil spills plagued the area in 2008 and 2009.

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Ten big shale stories from 2014

A breakdown of ten big shale stories from the past year.

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2014 was a busy year for researchers interested in fracking

Since the fracking boom began, the debate over the health and environmental implications of shale drilling has been hindered by a lack of scientific research. But more research is being done all the time.

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N.Y. Gov. Cuomo bans fracking, citing health concerns

After more than five years, a decision has been made: There will be no fracking in New York state.

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Studies track methane emissions from oil and gas wells

This week two studies were published about unintentional methane emissions from oil and gas operations.

In-depth news

Marcellus Life: A small town in Elk County struggles with rules for shale gas drilling

About a dozen St. Marys officials, outfitted with baggy blue jumpsuits, earplugs and white plastic hard hats, recently visited a Seneca Resources well pad on a wooded hilltop to see what fracking is all about.

This part of Pennsylvania, about 120 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Elk County, has been relatively untouched by shale drilling. But people see it coming in two test wells Seneca has there now, with more wells in the future.