The Allegheny Front for the week of

November 16-22, 2013

Corbett: Opponents of Shale are 'Economic Change Deniers'

At a shale gas conference in Pittsburgh, Gov. Tom Corbett defended his policies promoting drilling in the state, and defended his own math, too. Corbett, who is running for re-election, said drilling under his watch was responsible for a vast economic lift to the state.

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Politics Take Over PA Endangered Species Act

A bill that would give natural gas companies and homebuilders more influence over wildlife conservation in Pennsylvania passed a House committee this week. But the bill faces opposition from many environment and sportsmen's groups, in part because it could cost the Commonwealth $27 million in federal funds.

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Dam Removal Changes Ecosystem

Pennsylvania is home to thousands of dams—structures built to hold back water in rivers and streams.  But for most of the past decade, the Commonwealth has topped the list for the most dam removals in any state. We decided to visit one recently removed dam.

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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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Big Game Threatened by Climate Change

Big game is a big deal in Pennsylvania, with more than three quarters of a million hunters of the state’s white tailed deer and bear populations.  That’s why a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, which details climate change threats to big game herds across the country is recommending that hunters and others take steps to help sustain wildlife as temperatures rise.

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Two Farms, Two Very Different Ideas of Sustainability

The term sustainability is now commonplace. Everything from furniture, to travel, to shopping at Walmart is described as "sustainable."  We visited two North Country New York dairy farms, each with a very different philosophy, but both claiming to be sustainable.

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Story Corps Ag Progress Days: Edward Buss and Naomi Ulmer

During Ag Progress Days in State College this year, Edward Buss was interviewed about growing up in a tough time and place—the Midwest in the 1930s. It's part of WPSU's effort to collect stories about farm life. Buss spoke with Naomi Ulmer, an intern with the Pasto Agricultural Museum.

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Corbett’s Reelection Bid Runs on Natural Gas, But Not the Campaign Bus

Governor Tom Corbett has kicked off a reelection tour that’s taking him across the Commonwealth from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. But as Corbett touts the growth of the state’s Marcellus Shale industry under his administration’s watch, he won’t be using natural gas to get him from one stop to the next.

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