The Allegheny Front for the week of

February 7-13, 2014

W.Va. Chemical Spill, One Month Later

The chemical that spilled in West Virginia’s Elk River is headed to a site outside Pittsburgh.  That news broke in recent days as hearings were held in West Virginia and Washington, D.C., about legislation to prevent similar accidents. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Beth Vorhees summarizes legislation in motion, a month after the spill. 

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Enviros: Forest Driller Gets Poor Marks

An environmental group gave Anadarko Energy poor marks for its environmental violations in a new report. The group is fighting the company's plan to drill in Loyalsock State Forest. 

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Corbett Budget Proposal Expands Drilling in State Parks and Forests

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett plans to overturn a Rendell-era executive order that placed a moratorium on new gas leases on public park and forest land.

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New York Landowners Threaten Lawsuit Against the State over Fracking

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is demanding the release of the state’s environmental impact study on hydraulic fracturing. Matt Martin reports that the landowners are threatening to take legal action if the state doesn’t release the report.

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Carnegie International: Art and Environment

Many of the works by the 35 artists in the 2013 Carnegie International are rooted in a sense of place, and some have a more explicit environmental theme. Curator Dan Byers gave us a tour.

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ALCOSAN Plan Gets Thumbs Down from EPA

The EPA has informed the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority that it has more work to do. Last year ALCOSAN submitted a pollution-reducing wet weather plan to the EPA.  But ALCOSAN may also need to incorporate "green" infrastructure into the project. 

 

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Study Finds Elevated Levels of Cancer Amongst IBM Endicott Workforce

An IBM workplace health study examined cancer and other disease rates among 34,000 former workers spanning three decades at the company’s plant in Endicott, NY. And as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, a public meeting may give former workers their first chance to confront representatives from IBM.

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