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FOLLOW THE PIPELINE

Energy companies have already drilled thousands of natural gas wells in shale formations across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. But in many ways, that’s proving to be just the opening act of the fracking boom. How that natural gas will be moved from the region’s gas fields to places across the country is now sparking a new round of debate over the environmental consequences of natural gas extraction. 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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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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