By: Kat Stoeffel | Observer.com
Who do you have to frack to get some credit around here?
That’s what we’re wondering after a recent New York Times series on the latest hot-button environmental issue-hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. “fracking.” The Times series is packaged as a slow-cooked exposé, but a small team of reporters from ProPublica had been doggedly covering the practice since 2008-before it was even a beat, let alone the celebrity cause
of Mark Ruffalo.
The Times series undeniably breaks new ground. But the papers’ sources, “never before reported” E.P.A. documents, were authored in response to ProPublica queries. One document actually contains data ProPublica compiled independently.