The Allegheny Front for the week of

October 3-9, 2014

DEP Seeks Record Fine Against Gas Driller as AG Files Criminal Charges

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against gas driller EQT Corporation for a major pollution incident.

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BirdSafe Pittsburgh Fights Window Collisions with Data

As birds return south for the winter, they can face some deadly obstacles, like windows. One report estimates up to a billion birds a year may die from collisions with glass windows in the U.S. A new initiative is counting on bird-lovers to help collect data that could help keep birds more safe.

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DEP Secretary Abruzzo Resigns Over Explicit E-mails

The head of the state Department of Environmental Protection is leaving his post. Chris Abruzzo’s resignation comes after the state attorney general named him in a group of eight current and former state employees who exchanged sexually explicit e-mails on state computers.

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Final Hurdle Cleared for Marcellus Gas Exports

A federal regulatory agency has put the final stamp of approval on a plan to ship Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas overseas. The decision clears the way for construction to begin converting a former import terminal in the Chesapeake Bay to export liquefied natural gas.

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Lewis County Lavender Farmer Worried About Fracking

In Lewis County, West Virginia, residents are beginning to find out details about CONSOL Energy’s plans to expand oil and gas development in their area. The prospect is prompting excitement, and trepidation.

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The Marcellus Shale, in Poetry

WPSU's Kristine Allen speaks with poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf about her foray into "docupoetry." Kasdorf is a Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State University. She visited areas of Pennsylvania affected by Marcellus Shale development, and is completing a collection of documentary poetry.

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Bird Files: Nighthawk Vacuums Insects in Sky

Common Nighthawks are preparing to leave North America for their wintering grounds in South America. But as October begins, you still might get to see the bird with the thick white bars under its wings and hear its distinctive "peent" call.

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Flying Unmanned Helicopters for Science

You might have heard that Amazon is hoping to one day deliver packages to your door by little unmanned helicopters. Now, scientists are getting into the drones act, too, and wetlands could benefit from the technology.

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