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Election 2014: Wolf Responses to AF Survey

Tom Wolf is Chairman and CEO of The Wolf Organization, Inc., which supplies kitchen cabinets.  The Allegheny Front sent a survey on environment and energy issues to the four Democratic contenders for Pennsylvania's governor, and here are Wolf's responses.

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Election 2014: Schwartz Responses to AF Survey

Allyson Schwartz has been a member of Congress since 2004, representing Pennsylvania’s 13th District. She lives in Jenkintown, Montgomery County.  The Allegheny Front sent a survey on environment and energy issues to the four Democratic contenders in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial primary race.  Here are Allyson Schwartz's responses.

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Election 2014: McGinty Responses to AF Survey

The Allegheny Front sent a survey on environment and energy issues to the four Democratic contenders for Pennsylvania governor, and Katie McGinty responded.  McGinty is an operating partner with Element Partners, an equity firm in the energy, industrial, and environmental markets. She is former secretary of the PA Department of Environmental Protection. McGinty lives in Wayne, Chester County.

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Election 2014: McCord Responses to AF Survey

Rob McCord was elected as Pennsylvania State Treasurer in 2008, and lives in Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County. The Allegheny Front sent a survey on environment and energy issues to the four Democratic contenders for Pennsylvania's governor, and McCord responded with these answers.

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Reid Frazier Talks About The Coming Chemical Boom

The Allegheny Front's Reid Frazier talks with Paul Guggenheimer, host of WESA's Essential Pittsburgh, about his reporting from the Gulf Coast and what Western Pennsylvania could expect from a proposed ethane cracker that would process shale gas into ethylene, a building block for plastics.

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EPA Requires That Communities Reduce Soot By 2020

On Friday, the U-S Environmental Protection Agency set a deadline for reducing soot pollution. Communities across the country will have to reduce the amount of soot that goes into their air by 20 percent by the end of the decade.

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Study Says Limited Data, But PA Water Clear of Marcellus Pollution

The question of whether fracking is safe for groundwater has been a contentious issue in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale. Radisav Vidic, professor of environmental engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has been studying the question for the past five years.  In May, he published a paper in Science magazine encapsulating the research to date.

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Amid Shale Rush, Trying to Answer Health Questions

Thousands of wells in Pennsylvania have been drilled in the Marcellus shale. But there are questions about safety. Some people near the wells say they're getting sick. Are these complaints valid? Doctors and scientists are scrambling to answer the question.

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Researching Sites for Frack Waste

The oil and gas industries show no signs of slowing down energy exploration in Pennsylvania and the rest of the Marcellus region.  But hydraulic fracturing can leave behind millions of gallons of polluted water.  Scientists at Battelle, a research institute in Columbus, Ohio, are looking for places to put it all.  

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In Leftover Marcellus Rocks, a Threat to Water Supplies: Radiation

Drill a hole in the ground and you're left with a pile of dirt and rocks called drill cuttings.  Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale drillers produce a lot of these, and it's a problem because the dirt is naturally radioactive. There's a risk the radiation can get into water supplies if it isn't properly treated.  New York has a moratorium on drilling, but its landfills are taking in plenty of solid waste from Pennsylvania's gas boom.

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