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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A natural gas pipeline explosion on Monday in Beaver County destroyed one home and also damaged power line towers such as this one.

Pipeline explosion: Part of line shut down during investigation

Heavy rain suspected of playing a role, as it did during earlier problems with the pipeline
By Reid Frazier

A sign marking the right of way for the Mariner East pipeline in Lebanon County.
Updated: September 10, 2018 | 8:09 pm

Natural gas pipeline blast in Beaver County prompts evacuation

An Energy Transfer Partners pipeline exploded this morning, destroying one home, no injuries reported
By Susan Phillips and Reid Frazier

A 'mock' well pad in Tiadaghton State Forest, where the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is testing restoration techniques.

Bringing the forest back after shale gas

Pennsylvania is trying to figure out how to regrow forests after fracking
By Reid Frazier

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

Repeal of the Clean Power Plan could mean more pollution for PA

New rule would give states the authority to set limits for individual coal-fired plants
By Reid Frazier

Construction takes place in December 2017 at the site of Shell's ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.

Trump lifts steel quota Toomey said could hurt Shell’s ethane cracker

The action will allow pipes made with Brazilian steel, held up in U.S. customs, to head for the western Pennsylvania construction site.

By Reid Frazier

The Bruce Mansfield Power Plant burns coal to generate electricity in Beaver County. Photo: Amy Sisk
Updated: August 29, 2018 | 9:28 pm

FirstEnergy to close Bruce Mansfield, state’s largest coal-fired power plant

The company says there is still time for a federal bailout to save its struggling coal plants
By Reid Frazier

The Cumberland Mine in Greene County, Pa.

Greene County coal mine seeks increased seasonal pollution limit

After water quality in Monongahela River improves, company requests regulations relaxed
By Reid Frazier

Archaeology students from West Virginia University at a dig near a shale gas site in Marianna, Pa.

Family’s fight with driller illustrates legal loophole that exposes Native American, historical sites

Companies don’t have to check for archaeological importance before starting work. And even if a site does have historic significance, the law requires no action. “You could bulldoze it away if you wanted to,” one archaeologist said.

By Reid Frazier

Little Blue Run coal ash pond, on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.

Trump administration rolls back coal ash rules aimed at groundwater protection

States may be able to stop monitoring at some sites, and power plants have more time to close leaking ash ponds.

By Reid Frazier

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
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