Using data journalism to unlock oil & gas industry secrets
Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing is regularly taking place within city limits, under neighborhoods and next to popular businesses. Large amounts of pollution are being released during accidents in remote areas. Pipelines are being built on more and more land. There are a number of public records available that shed light on what the oil & gas industry is doing in everyone’s backyards. Journalists can pair those records with advanced Excel skills to unlock industry secrets and write compelling stories that advance public dialogue.
Sergio Chapa covers the oil & gas industry for the Houston Chronicle where he uses data journalism skills to develop stories from drilling permits and other public filings. He previously covered the Eagle Ford Shale and international trade at the San Antonio Business Journal as well as the Mexican drug war at KGBT-TV in the Rio Grande Valley. You can follow him on Twitter at @SergioChapa.
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