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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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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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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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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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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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Drilling Salts Still Turning Up in Rivers

Hydraulic fracturing has allowed gas drillers to tap into a rich bed of gas in the Marcellus shale. But some are worried about water pollution. The state asked drillers to keep wastewater from drilling out of rivers and drinking water supplies. It's loaded with a naturally occurring salt called bromide which, in large quantities, threatens drinking water.

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Election 2014: Democrats Debate Climate Change

In Pennsylvania's primary, Democratic voters will choose among four candidates who want to run for governor against Republican Tom Corbett in November. Corbett has been criticized by Democrats for is his administration’s stance on climate change. The Democratic candidates have ideas on what they would do differently—like increasing the use of alternative energy.

 

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Trains Bring Oil Spills, and Worries Over Safety

An Exxon Valdez worth of oil is now shipped on the rails every day in the U.S. In the middle of a fracking boom, trains have become a necessary way to get oil from drilling hotbeds to markets. But accidents like one that caused an oil spill of Canadian crude near Pittsburgh last week are on the rise.

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When 'No' is Not an Option: Marcellus Boom Brings Problems to the Surface for Landowners

What happens if a company wants to drill on your land and you can't say no? For landowners who don't own their mineral rights, they must bear the brunt of intensive drilling for shale gas, without reaping the benefits. In Wetzel County, West Virginia, many don't own the rights to the gas under their ground.

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