The Allegheny Front, Environmental Radio

The Allegheny Front for the week of

Jan. 30-February 5, 2015

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Gov. Wolf Bans New Drilling in State Parks and Forests

Governor Tom Wolf fulfilled a campaign promise by reversing course from his predecessor, Tom Corbett. He imposed a moratorium on leasing any more state park and forest land to Marcellus Shale drillers.

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Allegheny Front Executive Producer Named 2015 Carnegie Science Center Award Recipient

Allegheny Front Executive Producer Kathy Knauer has been recognized by the 2015 Carnegie Science Center Awards for Science Communicator.  The award honors leaders in the fields of science, technology, and education.

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Gas Industry Eyes Pipeline Regulation, Opposition

At an oil and gas conference this week in Pittsburgh focused on pipelines, industry insiders say regulations could have a big impact on their plans.

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Author Russell Gold on the Legacy of the Fracking Boom

Russell Gold is the senior energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and author of "The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.” He was one of the first to report on the technique of fracking for oil and gas.

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One Year After the Chemical Leak, Mother and Daughter Still Don't Drink Tap Water

After the Elk River chemical spill, residents of Charleston, West Virginia were unable to drink tap water for ten days. One year later, Lida Shepherd and her two-year-old daughter still won't drink the water.

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Many Coal Towns Lack Reliable Water Supply

While the chemical spill in Charleston left 300,000 people without access to clean water for ten days, people who live near coal mines deal with water issues every day. In McDowell County, the southernmost tip of West Virginia, some communities have been on boil water advisories for years.

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A Battle Over Wetlands and Small Streams

Wetlands can be beneficial to people and wildlife, but simultaneously cause problems for farming and building developers. The federal government has been working to clarify which ones fall under the Clean Water Act.

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Bird Files: Romantic Stylings of the Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Mergansers populate Lake Erie and other bodies of water in winter. They're easy to identify by their curious "hairstyles," and these ducks have quite a courtship ritual.

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