SkyTruth Alerts shows you where environmental incidents have recently occurred, particularly for the oil and gas industry. Monitor areas you care about, and get notified about environmental incidents in those areas.

We built SkyTruth Alerts as an in-house tool in 2011, to help us monitor environmentally significant incidents by geographical area. We shared it with the public the following year. In 2018, SkyTruth Alerts underwent a major overhaul, taking advantage of the latest mapping technology, incorporating new account management and other tools, and adding new sources of information to cover more environmental incidents, making Alerts even more useful to our users.

What Are You Interested In?

National Response Center

The National Response Center (NRC) handles initial reports for pollution and railroad incidents (oil spills, chemical releases, maritime security) and sends them to the appropriate state or federal agency.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Baylor [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Oil & Gas

SkyTruth Alerts has environmental agency alerts related to the oil & gas industry for the following states: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Pollution

In addition to NRC pollution reports, SkyTruth Alerts has Florida Pollution Reports and New York State Spill Reports.

What Can Alerts Do?

About SkyTruth Alerts

SkyTruth Alerts NRC report of an unknown oil slick near the Taylor Energy platform(5 Sep 2019).

We built SkyTruth Alerts as an in-house tool in 2011, to help us monitor environmentally significant incidents by geographical area. We shared it with the public the following year. We started by mapping National Response Center (NRC) Alerts nationwide. The NRC serves as an emergency call center that fields initial reports for pollution and railroad incidents, and forwards that information to appropriate federal/state agencies for response. Later we added Oil & Gas drilling alerts for Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

In 2018, we completely overhauled the Alerts platform, and since then, we have been adding new alerts sources as well as new tools and features. We doubled the number of alerts you can see, added date range and alerts type filters, so you only see the alerts you care about most.

Information about Alerts Sources

Legend

Spills and releases
Drilling permits approved
Drilling permit received
SPUDs and other info
Violations and citations
Multiple alerts at location (click to view)

Funders

SkyTruth Alerts is available to the public at no charge, thanks in part to these generous funders:

The Campbell Foundation
Catena Foundation
Cornell Douglas Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
Patagonia
The Tilia Fund
Wallace Genetic Foundation

We used SkyTruth Alerts to document the continuing Taylor Energy spill, which was highlighted in Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, and ultimately resulted in major fines and the containment of a 14-year-old leak.