Environmental groups oppose Shell request to increase air pollution limits for Pennsylvania plastics factory

Citing design changes, Shell Chemical Appalachia has asked Pennsylvania’s state regulators to issue air permits that would allow the company’s massive plastics manufacturing plant under construction outside Pittsburgh to emit significantly more climate and other air pollution.
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Air quality near Erie Coke showing significant improvement

The latest air quality readings have been released for the neighborhood near Erie Coke. It's the first set of readings that cover a period where the plant was closed every day.

EQT fined $330K for erosion violations in Allegheny County

Natural gas driller EQT was fined $330,000 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for erosion violations at two natural gas sites in Allegheny County.

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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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Pennsylvania permits halted for Texas-based pipeline company

Pennsylvania is halting construction permits for natural gas pipelines operated by Texas-based Energy Transfer LP, saying the company isn't fixing problems related to an explosion last year.


Pennsylvania to hold public meeting on PFAS contamination

The state Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a public meeting to address concerns over a group of chemicals, known as PFOA and PFOS that have been contaminating drinking water.


Work stopped on pipeline that exploded in Beaver County, after Pa. regulators find environmental violations

After a pipeline burst blamed on a landslide, environmental regulators found Energy Transfer is not doing enough to control erosion.

MarkWest settles federal air pollution claim, promises to invest millions

MarkWest, which operates natural gas facilities across the region, has agreed to pay $610,000 and spend several million dollars to install emission control ...
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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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