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The Allegheny Front

Episode for August 7, 2020

An alleged bribery scandal at the highest levels of Ohio politics produced a clean air bill that benefitted nuclear and coal plants over wind and solar energy. Plus, how important are environmental issues for voters as they head to the polls in November? And a one-of-a-kind prairie habitat in Pennsylvania is home to an endangered rattlesnake and a lot of wildflowers.
Grangemouth refinery

Episode for July 31, 2020

Following Pennsylvania shale gas to Scotland, where ethane is being make into plastic. We also delve into the Scottish fracking debate and how they're dealing with plastic pollution. News about a green stimulus plan for Pennsylvania and reimagining Appalachia with a clean, sustainable future for all. 
McCown's longspur

Episode for July 24, 2020

Changing bird names tied to racism and colonialism. What recent court rulings against major pipelines mean for "energy dominance," the environment and Indigenous rights. A trip to Ice Mountain in West Virginia where rare plants grow and cool air seeps out of ice vents deep in the rocks.
Steve Grund

Episode for July 17, 2020

The race to save a plant so rare, few have ever seen it. Native plants can create habitat, yard by yard. The combination of an invasive shrub and foraging mice could be bad for future forests. News about the Ohio ethane cracker, tax breaks for natural gas and one of Trump's biggest environmental rollbacks yet. 

Episode for July 10, 2020

Environmental health advocates weigh in on the grand jury report that says the state didn’t do enough to protect residents from the industry. Plus a court says the federal government needs to step up to regulate coke ovens. And climate activist Bill McKibben on why divesting from fossil fuels makes financial sense.
paddlers

Episode for July 3, 2020

Kayaking gives a new appreciation for rivers. Coal communities banking on recreation face the pandemic. How Moraine State Park was formed out of the ashes of industry. Pa. Department of Health reacts to a scathing grand jury report on fracking and U.S. Department of Energy touts coal and natural gas. Plus, Mud Day!
fencing with signs

Episode for June 26, 2020

The results of a grand jury investigation into Pa.'s natural gas drilling industry calls out the entire state government in both parties for the last 12 years for being negligent on fracking. How the environmental movement, from organizations to funders, are responding for calls for racial justice.
activist

Episode for June 19, 2020

What's the legacy of the Trump administration's 100 environmental rollbacks? We talk with a lawyer tracking the changes. Pennsylvania's attorney general charges two companies with crimes related to their fracking operations. Minerworkers' unions sue Trump admin. over a lack of safety rules for COVID-19.
volunteers

Episode for June 12, 2020

Reforesting minelands, a second time around. Pa. GOP wants to stop the state from joining a trading program for carbon emissions. A 16-year-old activist says there's no time left for moderate climate policies. Why the Yough River is on the Most Endangered Rivers list.
The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front

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