Natasha Khan

Digital Content Producer | PublicSource

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Natasha Khan does web development and produces digital content for PublicSource. She manages the site and works with reporters to create graphics and multimedia content to make their stories more engaging for readers. She previously worked as PublicSource's environmental reporter for three years. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she graduated with a master's degree from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Phoenix where she specialized in multimedia coverage of border issues and politics.

While at ASU, she won several awards, including the top student prize for an in-depth project from the Society of Professional Journalists for her work on an expansive election fraud database during the 2012 presidential election.

Recently, she was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Cronkite School and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to use mobile air sensors to study pollution near shale gas sites.

In 2014, she was awarded first place in the enterprise/investigative category from the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association for a data story she co-wrote about the state's shoddy recordkeeping for amusement ride inspection reports.

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

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Residents' concerns prompted plans to expand DEP air quality monitoring near shale gas sites in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced today it will expand the state’s air quality monitoring network for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) into more areas around compressors stations and near many shale gas wells.

Calling the move “unprecedented,” Quigley said the state could soon have one of the largest air quality monitoring networks in the country.

“We heard the concerns of shale field residents and we are responding,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley during a press webinar. 

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A Pittsburgh suburb just denied a shale gas permit based on environmental concerns

Citing environmental concerns, a zoning board has denied a permit request by a small drilling company to build the second shale gas well pad in Penn Township, a rural-residential suburb about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh.

“The applicant has failed to adequately demonstrate that the drill site operations will not violate the environmental rights of the citizens…” the decision for the Beattie Central Pad-37 states.

(Photo by Connor Mulvaney/PublicSource)

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Federal watchdog group says EPA isn’t ensuring drinking water is safe from energy waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing its job to protect underground drinking water supplies from the millions of gallons of wastewater produced by the nation’s oil and gas industry, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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Sanders releases anti-fracking ad before PA and NY primaries

On the cusp of primaries in New York and Pennsylvania, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has released an anti-fracking ad in an attempt to showcase his differences on the issue from his rival Hillary Clinton.

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Friday Derailment Roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous 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.

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Researchers find safe levels of cancer-causing chemicals in water at SWPA school

After two tests in November showed high levels of carcinogenic chemicals in drinking water at a small Washington County school district, a more in-depth round of testing by university researchers in February now shows safe levels in the area.

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The Friday derailment roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous 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 and new safety regulations, PublicSource provides a roundup of stories every Friday.

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Inside the fight to frack Penn Township

This is not the first community to experience shale drilling, and it won’t be the last. But its exposure to the tumult of first-time drilling and the controversies it brings provides a window into what it’s like for people on all sides of the debate.

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The Friday derailment roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous 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 and new safety regulations, PublicSource provides a roundup of stories every Friday.

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The Friday derailment roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous 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 and new safety regulations, PublicSource provides a roundup of stories every Friday.

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