This week on The Allegheny Front, fracking comes to a popular hiking trail. Plus, an artist draws colorful frogs and salamanders to connect people to conservation. And Pennsylvania state conservation officials release a plan to confront climate change on public land. (Photo: Kara Holsopple)
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- Rachel Carson Trail Near Pittsburgh Has a New Feature: A Fracking Well- Range Resources is building a shale gas well along a ridge a few hundred feet from the popular trail. A pipeline right-of-way, about 50 feet wide, has been cut through a wooded section that hikers will see as they pass by.
- Read the Label: Chemical Safety Under the EPA- The way the EPA regulates chemicals is changing. It's a policy shift that could prove deadly.
- The Cautionary Tale of the Largest Coal Ash Waste Site in the U.S.- When it became clear that coal ash waste from a nearby power plant was making them sick, residents of one West Virginia town mobilized. But activists fear weakened regulations will make it harder for others to do the same.
- Pennsylvania’s Plan to Confront Climate Change on Public Land- The state's plan was created to confront the threat flooding, wildfires and warmer bodies of water pose to wildlife, landscapes and recreation.
- Artist Reveals the Hidden Lives and Importance of Amphibians- Ashley Cecil's colorful paintings and nature-inspired steel sculptures will be on display at the Frick Environmental Center from June 28th through August 31st.