Elizabeth Pines: Important Web Resources

Center for Responsive Politics: https://www.opensecrets.org/

The Center for Responsive Politics is a nonpartisan non-profit organization that researches and reports on money in politics in the United States. It’s mission is to “Inform, Empower, & Advocate” and it reports comprehensive data on lobbying and political contributions in a variety of industries, and across political parties and elections (Center for Responsive Politics, Our Mission). It provides detailed graphics that demonstrate lobbying expenditures annually, as well as political contributions by party.

Oil Change International: Dirty Energy Money: http://www.dirtyenergymoney.com/

Oil Change International is nonprofit research and advocacy organization focused on “exposing true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the coming transition towards clean energy” (Oil Change International, About Us). Its major project, “Dirty Energy Money,” an online database shows political contributions by Senator and House Representative and their affiliations with various fossil fuel companies. Although the Oil Change International website demonstrates its biased view, the Dirty Energy Money database is a large interactive graphic that allows for high user interaction.

FracFocus: http://fracfocus.org/

racFocus is a national registry disclosing chemicals used in the fracking process. It is managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and provides factual information without bias (FracFocus, About Us). FracFocus provides information about companies that disclose chemical use to the website, as well as the chemicals used at specific well sites. While the site provides detailed information, users must be specific with data input for particular wells.

ProPublica: https://www.propublica.org/series/fracking

ProPublica is an independent nonprofit investigative journalism organization that provides detailed reports and research on many topics, fracking among them. Its reports range from health impacts to water contamination, and business impact on fracking regulation. While some may view ProPublica as anti-fracking, it presents comprehensive information that is rarely published in traditional news outlets.

State Impact: NPR: https://stateimpact.npr.org/

StateImpact is a National Public Radio project that researches and reports on energy, the environment, and community impacts. Its reporting on issues in Pennsylvania include regulation, economy and financial influence on government. The website is easy to use and navigate and provides reports and news in additional to general fracking information.

ExxonMobil 2013 Annual Report: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/34088/000003408814000012/xom10k2013.htm

ExxonMobil’s annual report shares important information regarding revenues, expenses, profits, assets, liabilities, and business risks. Fracking is briefly mentioned in a broader discussion regarding risks to business operations, but might be more detailed in the future if fracking risks will be disclosed in annual reports.