Amy Sisk

Amy Sisk reports for StateImpact Pennsylvania and WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR member station. She comes to Pennsylvania from another energy-rich state, North Dakota, where she told stories from coal mines, wind farms and the Bakken oil patch for Inside Energy and Prairie Public Broadcasting. Amy's stories often air on NPR, including those from the eight months she spent following the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. A reporting trip to the Bakken during its boom years sparked her interest in energy. Ever since, she's covered the industry -- from the way it is regulated to its influence on policy to its impact on people and the environment.

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Robert Davidson, collection manager for the section of invertebrate zoology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, shows specimens of Brood VIII cicadas that emerged in 2002 -- the last time these 17-year cicadas were seen.

Everything you need to know about the cicadas that will soon swarm southwest Pa.

An expert answers questions about one of our loudest spring residents.

By Amy Sisk

Officials from the Moshannon Forest District gather around the alidade, an instrument used to help personnel staffing lookout towers pinpoint the location of wildfires. From left to right, Joe Polaski, John Hecker and Larry Bickel stand in the new Chestnut Ridge tower.

With new lookout towers, Pennsylvania goes old-school to detect wildfires

Many states have ended lookout programs. But in Pennsylvania, the state agency that oversees forest districts thinks spotters in towers are the best way to catch fires early and prevent them from spreading. So the state just spent more than $4 million on 16 new towers.

By Amy Sisk

Steelworkers watch Thursday as U.S. Steel president and CEO David Burritt announces a $1-billion investment in upgrades at Clairton Coke Works and the Edgar Thomson plant near Pittsburgh.

U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant, the largest coke works in North America, in Clairton, Pa.

Allegheny County, site of a major polluter, grapples with meeting air quality standards

The county, home to U.S. Steel’s Clairton plant, is trying to bring particulate matter down to federally mandated levels by 2021.

By Amy Sisk

US Steel's Clairton Coke Works.

Researcher Melissa Sullivan uses an infrared FLIR camera to determine if methane is leaking from a well site.

US Steel's Clairton Coke Works.

A screen shot of Smell PGH on April 4 shows numerous reports of foul odors in the community.

Louis Charlier of Beaver Area High School is participating in the first student bootcamp hosted by Duquesne Light and the Community College of Allegheny County.

US Steel's Clairton Coke Works
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