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Can Big Gas Help PA Clean Up Its Coal Mining Past?

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.

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Shale Gas Fuels Gulf's Chemical Industry

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. 

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Houston Air Pollution: Preview 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.

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Chemical Plants Bring Dangers and Jobs for Workers and Community

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.

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Fracking News: Treatment Plant Lawsuit, New Well Inspections

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.

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Pipelines May Dampen Ethane Cracker Prospects in PA

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.

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After PA Couple Discovers Plan to Drill on Unleased Land, Energy Company Cancels Permit

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.

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PennFuture Says Loyalsock Drilling Plan Too Secretive

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.

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Reid Frazier Talks About The Coming Chemical Boom

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.

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Youngstown Debates Fracking Ban

While the natural gas industry has brought enough jobs for locals of Youngstown, Ohio and even those from out-of-town, community residents are divided over whether fracking should be banned.

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