The Allegheny Front

Episode for February 16, 2018

This week on The Allegheny Front, what's causing the recent surge in black lung disease in Appalachia? Plus, there's a delicate calculation that goes into environmental regulations for air pollution. . . but are the jobs saved worth the lives lost? 

Episode for February 9, 2018

This week on The Allegheny Front, there's a ban on fracking within the city of Pittsburgh. But the gas industry is moving into some of the city’s biggest suburbs. It's rekindling a debate about the risks and benefits of drilling. Plus, a conversation about savoring a food that has our heart….and protecting it from climate change. 

Episode for February 2, 2018

This week on The Allegheny Front, we're going all in on energy: how we make it, with either Chinese or American-made solar panels, and how we move it, with natural gas pipelines built through our region's unique topography.

Episode for January 26, 2018

This week on The Allegheny Front, last year was the second hottest on record, according to NASA. It's a continuation of the rapid warming trend of the last 40 years. So how is Pennsylvania faring? Plus, what does Trump's solar energy tax mean for the state?

Episode for January 19, 2018

This week on The Allegheny Front, when you live on an island like, say in the Great Lakes, everything from what you do with your trash to where you build becomes REALLY important. And a little gray bird that hangs around winter bird feeders has a diet many of us might envy--an all-day buffet.

Episode for January 12, 2018

This week on The Allegheny Front, a controversial new rule that would clarify how farmers treat organic poultry might never make it to the chicken coop. And to some people's dismay, natural gas production is ramping up in Pennsylvania, in part, because of a pipeline boom. Plus, the rock salt that you put onto your sidewalk is making our freshwater saltier. And that's not good. 

Episode for January 5, 2018

This week on The Allegheny Front, we're revisiting stories from our environmental health reporting over the last year. From fracking to urban sustainability, these are stories from our Hazardous to Your Health series--looking at pollution in Pittsburgh's communities--and solutions to those problems.

Episode for December 29, 2017

President Donald Trump loves coal. He has given dozens of speeches saying, “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. We’re going to have clean coal, really clean coal.” But what actually is clean coal? Depending who you ask, it could be a historical reference, a fantasy or an evolving technology. 

Episode for December 22, 2017

This week on The Allegheny Front, we look at how Colorado regulates how far oil and gas wells must be from someone’s house. Many of the issues are the same on the ground there as in Pennsylvania, where we live in close proximity to the gas industry. 

Episode for December 15, 2017

This week on The Allegheny Front, environmental activists are wrestling with the demand for cheap natural gas. Plus, scientists look at novel ways to stop an invasive pest from killing hemlock trees. And many of us love glitter. But it's spreading more than holiday cheer in our waterways
The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front

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