The Allegheny Front for the week of

July 25-31, 2014

3 Stories about Plants You Probably Missed This Week

Let's face it, plants usually don't make headlines. From the latest news on plants and climate change to a controversial weed killer, we give you the scoop on three stories about our green, leafy friends which may have escaped your attention this week.   

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Lake Erie Algae Threatens Ohio Drinking Water

This year the amount of harmful algae forecast for Lake Erie is predicted to be less than previous years. But it's likely to still be significant, coating some parts of the western basin in toxic green slime. Under certain conditions, even moderate blooms can produce levels of harmful toxins that threaten drinking water across the basin.

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Bird Files: Real Sounds of the Eastern Screech Owl

The Allegheny Front’s Bird Files is a regular segment where we let you in on the wild things happening in the sky. In July, Eastern Screech Owls are a bit more conspicuous than usual because their young are newly out and about. When other birds notice, they gang up on the owls, making a lot of noise.

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PA's Auditor General: Oil and Gas Oversight Lacking

Pennsylvania should not tell gas drillers who contaminate drinking water wells to quietly “work it out” with the homeowner, says State Auditor Eugene DePasquale. That’s DePasquale’s top recommendation in a new audit released this week.

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Organic Farmer Rallies Against Gas Compressor Station

One of western Pennsylvania’s largest organic farms rallied customers to oppose a proposal for a nearby natural gas compressor station.  But other residents say the development ensures regional prosperity, and even keeps the land from less desirable commercial development.  

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Department of Energy Head Touts Gas, Efficiency in Pittsburgh

Ernest Moniz, President Obama's top energy official, toured an ultra-efficient skyscraper under construction in Pittsburgh and talked about the country's energy future. 

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