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Vernal pool

Episode for April 16, 2021

President Biden’s plans to invest in clean energy could create high-paying union jobs. But not everyone's on board. New reports outline thousands of new jobs to clean up old mines and gas wells. A new project in the Laurel Highlands gives amphibians a place to breed in peace. Some local concerns over the newly designated New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.
Tapping a birch tree

Episode for April 9, 2021

Why fracking is a tricky issue for Senate candidate John Fetterman. An environmental justice leader says reclaiming vacant land in communities of color is an environmental emergency. A citizen science project for the whole family can help save frogs. Plus, syrup for your pancakes doesn't only have to come from maple trees.

Episode for April 2, 2021

Federal and local policies look to address aging infrastructure from stormwater pipes to bridges. Pittsburgh wants a more equitable water system. State health officials visit Shell's ethane cracker in Beaver County because of an uptick in Covid-19 cases there. An artist invites people to the Delaware River.

Episode for March 26, 2021

Bald eagles are bringing joy to Philadelphians, while one artist shows off her love of the Delaware. Climate change is causing many plants to leaf out or bud early. This mismatch could wreak havoc on the ecosystem. Why a new air permit at the Clairton Coke Works could increase pollution emissions.
Steve Schwartz

Episode for March 19, 2021

Why fracking wastewater injected deep underground could come back to the surface. A whistleblower claims there are safety issues with the pipeline that will supply Shell's ethane cracker.  A look at life along the Delaware River with an angler who is witnessing invasive species taking over the landscape.
Leonard Stewart

Episode for March 12, 2021

Sales of special license plates help fund research for rare species. Conservationists plant a red spruce forest for northern flying squirrels, ready in 50 years. Settlements with energy companies will pay some landowners and protect a nature preserve. And one man's love of wetlands.
Frack well outside a window

Episode for March 5, 2021

An investigation finds fracking chemicals in the bodies of people living near gas wells in SW Pa. Fossil fuel reps say gas and coal are part of the climate solution. Some Pa. Democratic lawmakers agree. For our First Person series, we talk with a young forester about how she came to love the outdoors.
Philadelphia neighborhoods

Episode for February 19, 2021

A racist government policy enacted decades ago has led to fewer green spaces in many communities across the country. Grow Pittsburgh has a new executive director. People in counties with drilling activity haven't seen the economic benefits of the industry. Counting penguins from your couch.
OMNI Energy Group

Episode for February 12, 2021

Some in Ohio say frack waste injection wells are being permitted in places where they don’t belong. Activists want a permit revoked for an injection well near Pittsburgh. A local practitioner shows us his version of ski ballet. There may be snow on the ground, but we're planning for that summer garden now. 
The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front is an environmental reporting outlet covering issues in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.