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Julie Grant got her start in public radio at age 19 while at Miami University in Ohio. After studying land ethics in graduate school at Kent State University, Julie covered environmental issues in the Great Lakes region for Michigan Radio’s Environment Report and North Country Public Radio in New York. She’s won many awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Award in New York, and was named “Best Reporter” in Ohio by the Society of Professional Journalists. Her stories have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition , The Splendid Table and Studio 360. Julie loves covering agricultural issues for the Allegheny Front—exploring what we eat, who produces it and how it’s related to the natural environment.

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The Ohio Health Registry, started by a physician, hopes to sign up 200 people who live near oil and gas activity.

Fracking in Ohio: Amid industry activity, residents start their own shale gas-related health registry

It’s an “attempt to collect the contacts of people who live close enough to any aspect of shale development, that they might be affected,” said the physician leading the effort.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

Leatra Harper started the FreshWater Accountability Project because, she said, she wanted to protect Ohio waters from the effects of natural gas development.

Chesapeake Energy built a well pad, but never drilled a well. The landowners are now waiting to see what happens next.

Sisters Kerri Bond (left) and Jodi Carter are pictured. Bond and her husband sold their property -- despite owning mineral rights and getting natural gas royalty checks -- because, they say, the industry has harmed their land, water and air.

Fracking in Ohio series: Some Ohio residents who complained about oil and gas feel ‘abandoned’ by the state

People have filed thousands of complaints with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources about everything from gas leaks and crumbling roads to odors and noise they blame on energy development.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

East Liverpool, Ohio sits along the Ohio River at the border of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

For struggling Ohio town, polluting industries have brought needed jobs. Now it’s happening again

East Liverpool, just across the Pennsylvania border northwest of Pittsburgh, has a history of welcoming polluting businesses because people need the jobs. But some residents fault city leaders and regulators for failing to protect them.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

State representative Glenn Holmes (3rd from right) has introduced two bills in the Ohio House of Representatives meant to rein in injection wells.

Fracking wastewater from Pa. often ends up in Ohio. Some residents say they’ve had enough

Last year, Pennsylvania and West Virginia contributed nearly half of the more than a billion gallons of frack waste that were injected into underground wells in Ohio.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

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