Megan McDonough: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman should stand with East Pittsburgh against fracking

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has leaned heavily on his working-class Mon Valley roots to raise his national profile, becoming a cable news star during the aftermath of the presidential election. But while he is soaking up the national spotlight, environmental injustice threatens the former Braddock mayor's hometown, leaving many residents asking: Will he show up and stand with the community?

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Big bang at steel mill blamed on heavy snow

What sounded like an explosion rumbled through neighborhoods near the U.S. Steel Corp.'s Edgar Thomson mill in Braddock Friday morning.


DEP deals blow to fracking plan at U.S. Steel mill near Pittsburgh

The agency says it will suspend reviewing environmental permits for the controversial well after it lost its local zoning permit.

Virtual rally about air quality concerns in Mon Valley

Air pollution in the Mon Valley will be the focus of a virtual rally on Friday.


Are Pennsylvanians as obsessed with fracking as Trump and Biden think?

Trump and Biden both have a lot to say about fracking in Pennsylvania, but what do Pennsylvanians actually want?

Robotic vertical farm Fifth Season is in full swing in Braddock, now selling greens locally  

In the shadow of the massive Edgar Thomson Works steel mill that looms over Braddock, lies a farm.


Fracking at Edgar Thomson steel mill among concerns discussed at environmental forum in Forest Hills

Braddock resident Je'Amour Matthew punctuated Tuesday's environmental forum hosted by state Rep. Summer Lee with a passionate speech that resonated with the roughly 50 people who attended.

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Residents shout down oil and gas execs over fracking at US Steel mill

Tensions ran hot Wednesday night during a community meeting about proposed fracking at the site of U.S. Steel's Edgar Thomson Steel mill in Braddock, 10 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh.

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As midterms approach, Summer Lee and other environmental activists step up

“If we want clean air and clean water," Summer Lee says, "we have to get political.”

State Rep.-elect Summer Lee rallies with environmentalists for cleaner air

At a rally in the Allegheny County Courthouse, Lee says “clean air is a basic human right."


The cumulative toxic assault on Braddock, Pennsylvania

The old steel town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, is emblematic of what it means to suffer environmental injustice in the U.S. And nobody invested in the town’s future can afford to ignore it.
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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: 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: 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

EHN.org 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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