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The health department found no cancer cluster. Residents say they want answers about why there are so many cases and whether pollutants from fracking could be involved.
Shale gas off-ramp: Pa.’s fracking boom produces a glut of ethane that’s helping fuel plastics production overseas
The path of a global supply chain often begins on land in western Pennsylvania and winds up half a world away, as the plastics industry increasingly relies on dirt-cheap American shale gas to feed its chemical plants and the globe’s growing hunger for plastics.
In Scotland, a town evolved with its refinery. Shale gas arrived to help the plant, but the town could benefit more, one resident says
Dispatches from Scotland, part 4: Grangemouth’s economy leans on the refinery there, and a business owner said she’s learned to accept living near the plant. But, she said, the town ‘should be more vibrant.’
Dispatches from Scotland, part 3: StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Reid Frazier talks to a University of Strathclyde professor about how it’s hard to tell how much gas is in Britain’s shale, in part because fracking generally gets a thumbs-down there.
Dispatches from Scotland, part 2: StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Reid Frazier talks with Kevin Ross, who runs a company that focuses on plastics testing and recycling and says U.S. shale gas is driving important investment into the UK economy.
Dispatches from Scotland: Reporter Reid Frazier takes you behind the scenes of his trip to Scotland “to look at where America’s shale gas is going, and what happens to it once it gets there.”
How did fracking contaminants end up in the Monongahela River? A loophole in the law might be to blame
Landfills are supposed to pre-treat fracking waste before sending it to a sewage treatment plant — unless it’s a smaller plant. Gary Kruppa found that out when the Belle Vernon plant he runs started failing water quality tests.