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Gov. Wolf Bans New Drilling in State Parks and Forests

Governor Tom Wolf fulfilled a campaign promise by reversing course from his predecessor, Tom Corbett. He imposed a moratorium on leasing any more state park and forest land to Marcellus Shale drillers.

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Gas Industry Eyes Pipeline Regulation, Opposition

At an oil and gas conference this week in Pittsburgh focused on pipelines, industry insiders say regulations could have a big impact on their plans.

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Author Russell Gold on the Legacy of the Fracking Boom

Russell Gold is the senior energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and author of "The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.” He was one of the first to report on the technique of fracking for oil and gas.

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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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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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Remembering the Toxic Air Disaster in Donora, Pa.

What was described as a killer fog blanketed the small company town in 1948. The air pollution was believed to be industrial fumes. Jennifer Szweda Jordan visited Donora, Pa. to talk with survivors on what the disaster meant then, and what it means today.

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5 Top Environmental Issues for Pennsylvania in 2015

Which environmental issues will make headlines in our region during 2015? The Allegheny Front's staff makes five predictions.

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Cheat Sheet: How the NY Fracking Ban Impacts PA

Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned fracking in New York state in December. For the Keystone state, the question remains: will New York’s decision to ban fracking impact Pennsylvania?

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