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HEADWATERS

In many ways, the Ohio River is an unsung resource for the region it serves. The Ohio’s near-thousand-mile course flows through Pennsylvania and five other states before emptying into the Mississippi. It’s a source of drinking water for more than five million people. But its long legacy as a “working river” has also made it the most polluted in the country. However, those living along its banks from Pittsburgh to Louisville are now beginning to realize that reimagining their relationship to the river could prove crucial to the region’s future. In our Headwaters series, we explore what exactly this new chapter in the river’s history could look like—and how we can get there.

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FOLLOW THE PIPELINE

In this series, we go beyond the drilling pads to explore the long train of pipelines and compressor stations that gets natural gas to your home—and examine the health and environmental impacts that are being felt along the way.

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CITIZEN Q

We know you encounter things in your environment that make you curious. And Citizen Q is our series where we can help you find answers to your everyday environmental questions.

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OUR THREE RIVERS

Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers define its geography and help shape its identity. Yet defining Pittsburghers own relationships to the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio Rivers is an ever-shifting process.

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FUTURE OF COAL

For over a century, coal from Appalachia helped drive the American economy. And while coal is still king in the nation’s energy portfolio, that dominance is facing huge challenges.

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THE COMING CHEMICAL BOOM

The shale gas revolution is not only fueling a boom in the drilling industry. It’s also feeding a spinoff industry in chemicals that are made from natural gas.

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