Abrahm Lustgarten

Reporter, ProPublica

There’s a lot of byproducts – not just the fracking itself but from the entire drilling process – that cause serious environmental risk.

Abrahm Lustgarten has spent the past two years traveling the length of the Colorado River basin, the central artery of the West’s water supply, examining the way it is being managed in a time of drought. As a senior reporter for ProPublica, Lustgarten writes about energy, water, climate change and anything else having to do with the environment. He has focused on government abuse of underground waste wells, oil industry finance, fracking safety and, in 2012, wrote Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. The book uses interviews with key executives, former government investigators, and whistle-blowers to weave a narrative of reckless greed leading up to the spill.

Lustgarten graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Anthropology, and from Columbia University with an M.A. in journalism. His investigation into fracking for natural gas with ProPublica was recognized with the George Polk award for environmental reporting.

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