Stories by Sharon Kelly

Sharon Kelly is an attorney and freelance writer who lives in Philadelphia. She has reported for The New York Times, National Wildlife, Earth Island Journal, and a variety of other publications. Prior to beginning freelance writing, she worked as a law clerk for the ACLU of Delaware. subscribe to Sharon Kelly's feed

Posted on: Jun 18, 2017, Source: DeSmogBlog

In a worst-case, scenario, a fireball with a blast radius up to 1,100 feet could strike with no notice, according to a study.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2016, Source: DeSmogBlog

The coalition of 40 groups lambasted Congress for subsidizing activities that will make climate change worse.

Posted on: May 23, 2016, Source: DeSmogBlog

The study is the first to specifically focus on how shale oil and gas drilling affects children ability to breathe.

Posted on: May 12, 2016, Source: DeSmogBlog

Some rivers and streams in North Dakota now carry levels of radioactive and toxic materials higher than federal drinking water standards

Posted on: Apr 8, 2016, Source: Earth Island Journal

Meanwhile, chemical industry’s own research indicates that “safer substitutes” are also potentially hazardous.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2016, Source: DeSmogBlog

A report looked at rules governing radioactive waste from oil and gas activity in six states and found regulatory frameworks "remain sparse, where they exist at all."

Posted on: Jan 4, 2016, Source: Earth Island Journal

Internal company reports have revealed that DuPont had for many years either known or suspected that Teflon contained a harmful ingredient.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2015, Source: DeSmogBlog

The anti-science climate denial think tank is trying to derail the pontiff's call to climate action.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2015, Source: DeSmogBlog

This is not the first time that regulators have suspected that abandoned coal mines are being used to surreptitiously get rid of fracking wastewater.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2015, Source: DeSmogBlog

New research reveals a major flaw in a widely cited study on the amount of methane leaking from oil and gas sites, including fracked wells.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2014, Source: DeSmogBlog

Momentum builds in the Keystone State in the wake of its neighbor's surprise announcement.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2014, Source: DeSmogBlog

Landowners in the Marcellus Shale say that leasing their mineral rights ended up costing them money.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2014, Source: DeSmogBlog

Thousands of oil and gas wells abandoned, uncapped, and often leaking into the waters near Bradford, PA.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2014, Source: DeSmogBlog

Oklahoma continues to tremble, making some residents call for a halt to fracking and waste-water injection.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2014, Source: DeSmogBlog

A coalition of shareholders has persuaded the energy giant to disclose the potential liabilities associated with shale drilling.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2014, Source: DeSmogBlog

Bakken oil train explosions have mostly been far from populated areas, but one explosion killed 47 people.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2014, Source: DeSmogBlog

Last year, shale gas supporters said hydrofracking would stabilize prices, but that hasn't happened.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2014, Source: DeSmogBlog

Obama’s embrace of fossil fuels shouldn't have come to a surprise of environmentalists.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2012, Source: DeSmogBlog

Here's what has the industry so spooked.