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In this photo made on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, a worker walks on top of a container of chemicals used in the making of a brine water that is then pumped below the surface in a hydraulic fracturing process to release natural gas from shale deposits at a gas well site in Zelienople, Pa.

Wolf’s fracking-health record hammered by new industry opposition group

The group says Gov. Tom Wolf promised to help people who say they’ve been harmed by fracking, and hasn’t delivered. A spokesman said Wolf has taken a ‘balanced approach’ to the industry.

By Reid Frazier

In this file photo from January, Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The nomination of Pruitt, currently Oklahoma’s attorney general, to lead the EPA is being fiercely opposed by environmental groups that point to fundraising ties with corporations he has sued to protect.

Pruitt: EPA will weigh regulation of two toxic chemicals. Advocates are skeptical

The process ‘will begin in earnest,’ EPA’s administrator said. But some are concerned about how long it will take. The nonprofit Clean Water Action said the public and state agencies need information now so they can act to protect public health.

By Jon Hurdle

A sign on Riegelsville Road in Holland Township, New Jersey, shows local opposition to the PennEast pipeline. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

New Jersey asks appeals court to review FERC’s approval of PennEast pipeline

The state argues that FERC was wrong to give PennEast the certificate that has allowed it to file eminent domain suits against some 150 New Jersey landowners who have refused its offers of compensation for building the pipeline on their land.

By Jon Hurdle

Great egrets at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia.

Spring birdsong could change with a changing climate

Insects and plants emerge in the spring based on temperature. But birds start to fly north based on the change in the amount of daylight. It’s a disconnect that threatens hundreds of species across North America.

By Susan Phillips

File photo: The Environmental Protection Agency.

13 U.S. lawmakers call on EPA to release toxic chemical study 

Answers sought about whether report was withheld from public
By Jon Hurdle

Cambria County residents Janice Eastbourn-Bloom and Rick Bloom installed solar panels on their barn rooftop in 2011.

Johnstown’s comeback could get an energy boost from the sun

Johnstown residents are looking to clean energy to help revitalize the community, which has suffered job losses and a drop in population.

By Amy Sisk

This July 27, 2011 file photo shows a farmhouse in the background framed by pipes connecting pumps where the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas was underway at a Range Resources site in Claysville, Pa.
Updated: May 20, 2018 | 6:04 pm

Range Resources shareholders demand review of methane emissions  

Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, could offset the lower carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas. The resolution, which passed with just more than 50 percent of shareholders’ votes, asks for reduction targets, among other things.

By Jon Hurdle

A coal barge along the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh.

A drill rig in the Tiadaghton State Forest.

Voices of Energy: Mike Chicka

Field supervisor for McCutcheon Enterprises
By Amy Sisk