Nonprofit lands $582,000 grant to transform 2 Wilkinsburg parking lots with rain gardens and bioswales

The state Department of Environmental Protection awarded $582,000 to the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association to install natural drainage with rain gardens and bioswales in two Wilkinsburg parking lots. Underground stormwater storage tanks will also be installed.

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Pennsylvania: Solar United Neighbors offers solar co-ops. Any Allegheny County resident can join

The Triboro communities are the next locales for SUN to offer a solar co-op to make buying residential rooftop solar panels easier and less expensive.

Abandoned wells are a lingering environmental issue

Abandoned oil and natural gas wells are a lingering environmental issue.

As Allegheny County finally meets clean air standards, environmentalists are concerned the victory could be short lived

Earlier this year, Allegheny County saw its first-ever days in compliance with all federal air quality guidelines under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

McCandless updates zoning law to limit location of fracking wells, reduce drilling nuisances

There aren't any applications in the pipeline from drillers who want to extract natural gas from deep underground in McCandless. But if such an application is filed in the future, drillers will be limited to a few select spots in the town and must adhere to strict rules to prevent noise and other disturbances.

Range Resources fined nearly $300K for misclassifying wells

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Range Resources misclassified over 40 conventional gas wells while submitting inaccurate information to the state.

Will the fracking boom ever translate into jobs and income for Appalachia’s residents?

While record amounts of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids have been produced in the Appalachian region between 2008 and 2019, the region did not see much of a jump in jobs or income.

Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss

Pipeline companies have run roughshod over several regions where they're building, racking up safety and environmental violations. Many residents feel trapped, with no control over their property.

Triboro Ecodistrict awarded Hillman Foundation grant for sustainability projects

The Etna EcoPark is among several Lower Valley projects to get a boost from the Hillman Foundation this week, which announced $250,000 for sustainability programs in the borough, along with those in Millvale and Sharpsburg.

Proposed hydroelectric plant will power Allegheny County buildings by 2023

Sustainable Pittsburgh executive director Joylette Portlock explains a planned hydroelectric plant signals the county's commitment to renewable energy.

Report: Pennsylvania stands to gain 243,000 jobs a year from clean energy investment

The clean-energy jobs that could be created each year over the next decade in Pennsylvania “are jobs across the board,” said Robert Pollin, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and one of the study’s authors.

Allegheny County meets all federal air quality standards for first time

For first time in its more-than-60-year history, the health department reports the county is in attainment of all air quality standards.

DEP urged to better regulate longwall mining

The Citizens Coal Council once again has called on the state Department of Environmental Protection to do a better job of protecting structures, springs and streams from subsidence damage caused by longwall mining.

State awards low-interest loan to reduce sewage overflows to Mon and Ohio rivers

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has been awarded a $7.75 million state grant to lessen sewage overflows into local rivers.

Erie Coke cleanup cost could exceed $7 million

The Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing clean-up efforts at the former Erie Coke Corp. plant on Erie's bayfront.
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Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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