The Allegheny Front for the week of

July 6, 2013

Environmental Pros of Propane Vehicles

Evan Endres, Energy Center Project Coordinator with the environmental group PennFuture, says using propane as a fuel for vehicles doesn’t score an “A+” for environmental friendliness, but it has a lot of benefits.

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Green Potential for Pittsburgh's Hill District Development Plans

Plans for the possible redevelopment of the land razed to make way for Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena not only have the potential to restore connections between Pittsburgh's Hill District and surrounding neighborhoods, but also bring environmentally-friendly construction and infrastructure into the community.

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Senate Panel Examines Complaints of Underpaid Gas Royalties

Many of the questions about Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom have revolved around environmental concerns, but now some landowners are raising the issue of the financial side of drilling.  They say they're being cheated out of royalty payments, and a state Senate panel is taking note.  

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Monarch Butterflies' Declining Reign

Almost anyone can spot a Monarch butterfly.  This much-loved species arrives in Pennsylvania, via their spring migration north, sometime between May and the end of June.  But residents may be seeing less of them in coming years.  

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Pitt Scientists Dredge Up 8,000-Year-Old Pollution

When a team of University of Pittsburgh researchers launched a boat off the Keweenaw Peninsula in northern Michigan, they were hoping to find evidence of an ancient society.  They met their goal, but also found evidence of the oldest human-caused lead pollution in the world.

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Propane Fuels Transportation in Western PA

The technology to power cars on propane has been around since the 1970s.  It hasn’t been adopted by the average driver, but some cab drivers are making the switch to propane to power their cars right here in our region.

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Commentary: Season of Fire

Nineteen firefighters perished recently in Arizona’s Yarnell Hill, in the country’s most deadly wildfire in at least 30 years. Whenever fires like this take lives, it gives The Allegheny Front commentator, rural firefighter and search and rescue responder, Ken Chiacchia, food for thought, as well as reason to be thankful.

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