Sharon Kelly

Sharon Kelly is an attorney and freelance writer who lives in Philadelphia. She has reported for The New York Times, National Wildlife, and the Legal Intelligencer, and a variety of other publications.

Safety last: Why a nerve-eating, cancer-causing chemical is still on the market

Thanks to a woefully outdated system for regulating chemicals, a substance called n-propyl bromide remains in widespread use, despite its known harm to humans.

Check the math: Study touting ‘safer’ fracking reveals Big Oil’s ties to academia

A report from the University of Buffalo that called fracking "safer" was misleading and riddled with errors. But in failing to disclose the authors' connections to Big Oil, it showed how the fracking industry increasingly circulates misinformation under the guise …

Natural born drillers: Why shale gas won’t end our energy woes

Energy utilities and politicians on both sides of the aisle are eager to swallow industry promises of a bright, shale-gas-powered future. But both history and the data show that a bust could be right around the corner.