Abandoned mines leach metals and other pollutants into Pennsylvania’s streams. Could fracking be one way to clean up this water? That’s what some inside the state government and the gas industry are proposing.
Shale gas is fueling an expansion of the Gulf Coast's petrochemical industry, bringing jobs but also renewed fears about air quality. With Royal Dutch Shell considering a site in Beaver County for a cracker facility, The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier went to Port Arthur, Texas to see what could be in store for Pennsylvania.
An ethane cracker in Beaver County would have a major impact on jobs in Western Pennsylvania. But what impact will it have on air quality, in a region that has struggled for decades to clean up its air? The answer may lie in the city of Houston, home to the largest chemical hub in the Americas, and one of the smoggiest cities in the country.
The fracking boom has led Shell to consider building a large petrochemical plant in Beaver County, Pa. In Louisiana, the shale gas boom has already led to renaissance for the state’s large chemical industry, where jobs are abundant, yet dangerous.
Keeping polluted fracking wastewater out of the Allegheny River is one of the Marcellus Shale topics award-winning energy reporter Laura Legere's been keeping an eye on. She's also looking into new Pennsylvania shale gas well inspections. Legere spoke recently to The Allegheny Front about her work and the latest in shale news.
Royal Dutch Shell has been inching forward with plans for an ethane cracker in Beaver County, fueled by the region's plentiful natural gas, since early last year. The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that five major gas pipelines under construction may make those plans obsolete.
There are plenty of Pennsylvania landowners who don't want to have gas companies drill underneath their properties, even if it means not cashing in on the natural gas rush. One couple who held out found out by accident that a gas company had different plans for their land.
An environmental group wants to see details about a drilling plan for Loyalsock State Forest. But it says the independent state agency charged with managing public records is keeping too much of the plan a secret.
The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier talks with Paul Guggenheimer, host of WESA's Essential Pittsburgh, about his reporting from the Gulf Coast and what Western Pennsylvania could expect from a proposed ethane cracker that would process shale gas into ethylene, a building block for plastics.