Reid Frazier

Reid R. Frazier is an energy reporter for The Allegheny Front, a Pittsburgh-based public media outlet covering the environment in Pennsylvania. His work has aired on NPR and Marketplace.

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

‘Razorblades and feathers in my throat’: A fire at a U.S. Steel plant near Pittsburgh made a major polluter even worse

Pollution controls damaged by a Christmas Eve fire are working again. But many people in nearby communities are still feeling the effects — and worrying about their health.

By Reid Frazier

US Steel's Clairton Coke Works, near Pittsburgh.

Huntley & Huntley Energy Exploration's Midas Well pad, the first Marcellus shale gas well in the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum.

DEP investigating gas well for water supply complaint in Pittsburgh suburb

Would be first water supply impacted by drilling in Allegheny County
By Reid Frazier

Rep. Thomas Mehaffie (R- Dauphin) unveils a bill aimed a preventing the early closure of two of Pennsylvania's five nuclear power plants.

Poll: Public is split on whether state should act to prop up nuclear industry

Respondents generally support nuclear as part of the state’s energy mix. But when it comes to the government acting to help out the industry, they aren’t so sure.

By Reid Frazier

Canon-McMillan High School in Washington County. Photo courtesy of Marcellus Air

An abandoned well in McKean County.

State reaches $7M agreement over 1,400 abandoned oil and gas wells

Alabama company has until 2033 to plug wells or put them back into production
By Reid Frazier

Little Blue Run, the largest coal ash pond east of the Mississippi, along the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.
Updated: March 5, 2019 | 1:53 pm

Report: Coal Ash contamination widespread in U.S., PA

One western Pa. site has arsenic 372 times the 'safe' level
By Reid Frazier

US Steel appeals order to lower its sulfur emissions

Order might include a 'hot idle' at the Clairton Coke Works
By Reid Frazier

Stephanie Hallowich, center, testified recently before an investigative grand jury. The Hollowich family's lawsuit against gas drillers got global attention.

Woman who sued natural gas driller Range Resources testifies before grand jury

Stephanie Hallowich’s settlement with Range included a non-disclosure agreement. But her lawyer said she was free to comply with the subpoena.

By Reid Frazier

Cheryl Hurt of Clairton at a press conference to discuss air pollution from US Steel's Clairton Coke Works.

Residents, environmental groups call for Clairton plant to go on ‘hot idle’

If the plant is allowed to maintain production while it fixes damaged pollution controls, a state representative said, it means choosing business over residents’ health, “and we’re here to say that that is not the case anymore.”

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