Citizen group appeals to Commonwealth Court to overturn Murrysville fracking ordinance

The Murrysville Watch Committee, a citizen group seeking to overturn the municipality's unconventional gas drilling ordinance, had its appeal heard this week by the state's Commonwealth Court.

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Community follow-up to ​​"Fractured": Holding politicians accountable

We need your help following up with lawmakers about Fractured, Environmental Health News's four-part series documenting harmful chemical exposures among families living near fracking wells in Pennsylvania.

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Hampton approves resolution to discourage use of coal tar

Hampton council became the fourth municipality in the state to take a stand against coal tar use in the township, though the board stopped short of banning the toxic chemical.
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Coalition calling for pipeline scrutiny

Residents and members of some environmental groups near the path of the Falcon Pipeline are asking federal regulators for more answers and for more scrutiny of the Shell Pipeline project.


Mon Valley pollution watches and warnings discussed by county board of health

Allegheny County's Board of Health has heard more about proposed changes in rules for the "Mon Valley Air Pollution Mitigation Plan." The changes would include setting up a "watch phase" and a "warning phase" for county public notices about pollution, and issuing information for residents through "Allegheny Alerts."

Alison L. Steele: Drilling down into air quality

The American Lung Association recently released its 2021 State of the Air report.The report shows Allegheny County with some of the worst air quality in the nation, receiving failing grades in every category.


Q&A with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

On March 1, EHN published Fractured, a 4-part series documenting the results of a two-year study on fracking and health, which found high levels of toxic chemicals in the bodies of Pennsylvania families in fracking communities.

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Sunoco failed to disclose some risks of Mariner East pipeline, was ‘negligent’ in response to concerns, judge rules

The ruling was far from a total victory for residents and local officials who had, among other things, sought additional measures to protect children, older people, and those with disabilities.

Forget the wrecking ball — Pittsburgh officials will test out deconstruction

Mayor Bill Peduto announces an approach to demolition that city officials hope will have social, environmental, and financial benefits.

Pittsburgh plans to expand the number of public, private charging stations for electric vehicles

In a 37-page study, the city has set goals of 200 charging stations on city property and 2,000 on private property by 2030.


The True Costs and Benefits of Fracking

As we grapple with this reality, rather than fixating on abstract concepts and quantitative measures—energy prices, geopolitics, emissions rates, climate-science projections—we would do well to zoom in, way in, on those doing and allowing the drilling... Two new books take us there.


EQT seeks independent carbon impact certification of Marcellus gas

Most of EQT's Marcellus output will undergo an independent assessment of its environmental impact as the largest US natural gas producer recalibrates how shale is marketed amid the global energy transition away from fossil fuels.

The Delaware River Basin paradox: Why fracking is so hard to quit

In late February, the Delaware River Basin Commission made a historic announcement: It banned hydraulic fracturing in the basin, a 13,539-square-mile area that supplies some 17 million people with drinking water.

CNX Resources' new philanthropy is beefier, hyperlocal and focused on the return

Its corporate giving goals reflect the company's unique approach to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy. While other oil and gas companies have made commitments, or at least nods, to decreasing carbon emissions to net-zero, CNX has made no such pledge.

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The draw—and deadlines—of American denial

From vaccines to elections to climate change, denial is doing lasting damage to the country.

What do politicians have to say about 'Fractured?'

Here are the responses we've gotten so far from politicians about our study that found Pennsylvania families living near fracking wells are being exposed to high levels of harmful industrial chemicals.

Planting a million trees in the semi-arid desert to combat climate change

Tucson's ambitious tree planting goal aims to improve the health of residents, wildlife, and the watershed.

“Allow suffering to speak:” Treating the oppressive roots of illness

By connecting the dots between medical symptoms and patterns of injustice, we move from simply managing suffering to delivering a lasting cure.

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.

Living near fracking wells is linked to higher rate of heart attacks: Study

Middle-aged men in Pennsylvania's fracking counties die from heart attacks at a rate 5% greater than their counterparts in New York where fracking is banned.

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