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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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In Beaver County, a mix of hope and fear over startup of Shell’s ethane cracker

The ethane cracker received the largest tax subsidy ever in Pa., employed as many as 8,500 during construction, will have 600 permanent jobs and is sparking both hope and concerns from people who live near it.

By Reid Frazier

Ask us your questions about Shell’s new ethane cracker in Pa. We’ll get answers

The plastics plant was the beneficiary of $1.65 billion in tax credits, and will produce 1.6 million tonnes of plastic a year. 

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Even moderate air pollution in Allegheny County raises ER visits for kids with asthma, study finds

Even moderate amounts of air pollution increase the number of children going to emergency rooms for asthma in Allegheny County, a new study finds. 

By Reid Frazier

US Steel fined $1.5 million for violations at Pittsburgh-area plant

The company also must make improvements to the Edgar Thomson plant, including installing a video system to monitor emissions, and conduct a study to determine better ways to control pollution.

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Company seeks to withdraw water from western Pennsylvania trout stream for fracking

The company has revised its water request, but some still oppose the plan over fears that it will impact aquatic wildlife.

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The race is on (again) to build out a low-carbon hydrogen economy

‘Blue’ hydrogen still emits some carbon dioxide, whereas ‘green’ hydrogen doesn’t. But right now, blue hydrogen is more cost-efficient than because it relies on technology that’s been around for almost a century.

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Low-producing oil and gas wells are high methane emitters, study finds

The 4 million metric tons of methane emissions from these wells are the equivalent of 21 million extra cars on the road, the EPA says.

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What the latest U.N. climate report says about transportation

The UN’s latest report on climate change issued this week finds there are still things we can do about climate change, including changes to one of our biggest sources of climate polluting emissions: transportation.

By Reid Frazier

Allegheny County’s last coal-fired power plant is closing

EPA data showed the plant emitted 608,000 tons of carbon dioxide in 2020, the equivalent of 129,000 cars on the road.

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Sulfuric acid spills from storage tank at Shell ethane cracker plant

Shell says the spill was caused by faulty equipment.

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