Reid Frazier

Reid R. Frazier is a public radio producer and writer focused on energy. Since 2011, he has covered energy and environment for the Allegheny Front, a public radio environmental news show in Western Pennsylvania. His work has aired on NPR and Marketplace.

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John Fair of the Woodlands dumps water from his water well in this 2014 photo.

Rex Energy pays $159K to Woodlands families to settle water claims

The settlements went to eight families who began complaining about their water quality in early 2011, shortly after Rex began drilling gas wells near their homes. Some still get theirs from donations at a nearby church.

By Reid Frazier

US Steel's Clairton Coke Works, near Pittsburgh.

Bob Mulshine, president of the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy, on a section of the trail that was moved to make way for a Range Resources gas well.

Rachel Carson Trail near Pittsburgh has a new feature: A fracking well

A company is building a shale gas well a few hundred feet from the route, and hikers can’t help but notice it. But the trail already skirts roads, power lines, and a coal ash pile.

By Reid Frazier

A Marcellus shale gas well in Washington County, Pa.

Pennsylvania, for first time, sets methane requirements on natural gas wells

Pennsylvania moved to regulate the greenhouse gas as the Trump administration tries to roll back federal methane rules. The state permits apply to new and modified wells and related compressor stations, but not to the state’s 11,000 existing Marcellus shale gas wells.

By Reid Frazier

The Bruce Mansfield Power Plant burns coal to generate electricity in Beaver County.

Report: Draft memo points to Trump invoking national security in bailing out coal, nuclear

Plan could cost ratepayers more in mid-Atlantic, guarantee profits for some power plants
By Reid Frazier

An unconventional drilling site is prepared in Butler County, Pennsylvania in the winter of 2014.
Updated: May 31, 2018 | 4:48 pm

Study finds health threats from oil and gas wastewater spread on roads

Pennsylvania has ended what had become common practice for municipalities that wanted to suppress dust on unpaved roads. A study found that some chemicals wash away during rain — and that when the road dries, contaminants can get into the air.

By Reid Frazier

Gage Meyer, a game commission officer, at a controlled burn in Centre County.

Forest fires — controlled ones — are just what this little bird needs to survive

The golden-winged warbler’s population is plummeting, fueled in part by habitat loss. Fire can help create the young forests the birds need to nest.

By Reid Frazier

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

The coal-fired Cheswick Generating Station produces electricity northeast of Pittsburgh.

The Black Dog Hollow waste coal pile in East Bethlehem Township, Washington County. Photo: Reid R. Frazier
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