Tara Lohan has been writing about energy, water and the environment for more than a decade. She is currently the managing editor of Water Deeply. Her work has been published by the Nation, the American Prospect, Salon, AlterNet, Earth Island Journal, BillMoyers.com, Grist, New America Media, YES! Magazine, KQED and others. She is the editor of two books on the global water crisis and tweets from @TaraLohan. 


Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking -- using water, sand and chemicals at high-pressure to crack shale formations and release oil and gas -- is practiced in more than 30 states. But we’re still learning about how communities may be impacted by the practice.

Drilling for oil and gas using high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" may soon be a source of controversy in California. As a 2013 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellow, I'll examine what the potential health risks are and how state agencies plan to regulate the industry.