We were invited to present a project at the TechRaking #3: Mining the News conference at the GooglePlex on August 8, 2013, organized by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
We have been working on making it easier to work with groundwater data this summer. We have been working on aquifer boundaries, aquifer metadata, and well level data. We knew that it would be important to have this basic information in order for journalists to be able to report on groundwater more effectively. One issue that is very relevant in California are the various types of ways in which oil and gas are captured in proximity to groundwater.
Many journalists from many news organizations attended our group. We brainstormed sets of data that are necessary to report on fracking, and designed a document that can be passed around among those interested to organize and collect the data necessary to report effectively on this important issue.
Check out the document here. This is a google doc that is currently in the process of being passed around to various journalists. It is a very simple project, but could help with getting information about fracking out there. The document explains the rest of what you would need to know and how you can help.
FrackTracker: Fracking Data Document
Map of Fracking wells with Vulnerable Aquifers