The Allegheny Front, Environmental Radio

The Allegheny Front for the week of

January 23-29, 2015

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AF Video: Why is Fracking Wastewater Radioactive?

Filmmaker Josh Kurz and The Allegeny Front's Reid Frazier created this explainer about why the water used in fracking oil and natural gas from the ground—flowback—is radioactive. And just where does that dirty, salty waste water go? It's fracking amazing.

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Cheat Sheet: Obama's Methane Rules

The Obama administration made a long-anticipated announcement that it would, for the first time ever, regulate methane from oil and gas wells. The proposal comes as the U.S. is undergoing a fracking boom and the Obama administration is trying to push through curbs on greenhouse gases like the kinds created by oil and gas drilling.

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Study: Ohio's Renewable Energy Freeze Slows Wind and Solar

A new law freezing Ohio’s green energy standards has led to significant declines in the state's wind and solar industry, research finds. But that research finding is getting blowback from a key backer of that law.

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New Rachel Carson Documentary Reveals 'The Power of One Voice'

Rachel Carson wrote the seminal book, “Silent Spring,” about widespread and largely untested use of chemicals and pesticides sealed her celebrity status. She even has a bridge named in her honor in Pittsburgh. But there hasn’t been a documentary made about her life and work since 1963. That is until now—“The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson.”

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Gas-Fired Power Plant Proposal Spurs Complaints

As gas-fired power plants increase, environmentalists question the potential impact of this newer energy source on air and water quality. An environmental debate is unfolding around a proposed plant in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

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Endangered Owls Flock to Pittsburgh Airport

Pittsburgh has had some unexpected visitors this season. Endangered Short-eared Owls have landed at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

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