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.