The Allegheny Front for the week of

May 8-14, 2015

Weekly Feed: Deer, Falcons and Fracking

There is bad news for Pennsylvania’s deer population, and an elder Peregrine Falcon gets a Mother’s Day surprise. Plus a new fracking study says wells in Pennsylvania are disproportionately located in poor, rural communities.

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Shell's Cracker Air Emissions Plan Gets Hearing

Before a crowd of more than 100, including residents and activists, DEP and Shell officials took questions on Shell's proposed petrochemical plant.

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Fracking Chemicals Found in Pa. Drinking Water Supply

A study released by a team of Penn State scientists found evidence that groundwater near a shale gas well in Bradford County was tainted from chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing and drilling for natural gas. 

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Inside the World (and Conference) of Big Energy

Gas prices have fallen, but oil workers have lost jobs. Energy executives and government officials met at the annual IHS CERAWeek conference to discuss the problem.

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Chucking GMOs and Antibiotics from Fast Food Menus

Some big chain restaurants are cleaning up the food on their menus—at the customer’s request. But are these changes meaningful to public health and the environment?

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Why Drought in California Won't Open the Door to Great Lakes Water

As the drought in California enters its fourth year, states in the Great Lakes region worry California will look to their water for a solution.

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The Herons Are Alright

In Ohio, a rookery of Great Blue Herons is thriving. They make their homes along a roadside on the edge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and have their own Facebook page.

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8 Facts about the Shale Gas Industry's Air Pollution

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently released data on air emissions from the shale gas industry in 2013. PublicSource looked into the data and built a series of interactive charts so you can more easily explore the information.

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