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Brian Schwartz said he recently became convinced that the time had come to make a public statement about banning fracking. A shale gas industry group said a ban would bring Pennsylvania’s economy “to a standstill.”
One man who grew up near a major petrochemical plant thinks it’s a devil’s bargain: “Why should a community in America have to suffer what we’ve fought hard against?”
The path of a global supply chain often begins on land in western Pennsylvania and winds up half a world away, as the plastics industry increasingly relies on dirt-cheap American shale gas to feed its chemical plants and the globe’s growing hunger for plastics.
Dispatches from Scotland: Reporter Reid Frazier takes you behind the scenes of his trip to Scotland “to look at where America’s shale gas is going, and what happens to it once it gets there.”
Landfills are supposed to pre-treat fracking waste before sending it to a sewage treatment plant — unless it’s a smaller plant. Gary Kruppa found that out when the Belle Vernon plant he runs started failing water quality tests.
The state didn’t find ‘significantly higher’ rates of a rare cancer. But some in the community want to know whether there’s an environmental cause, be it from fracking or from something else.
A judge’s order to resolve an impasse in the case revealed details of the settlement terms. StateImpact Pennsylvania and The Allegheny Front discovered the document, which was publicly available at the Washington County prothonotary’s office.