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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FILE PHOTO: In an Aug, 26, 2007 file photo, Robert Murray, center, chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., smiles while talking to Dave Canning, left, and Mike Glassom, right, two miners in charge of drilling bore holes into the Crandall Canyon M before a news conference northwest of Huntington, Utah.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

Canon-McMillan High School in Washington County.

State to fund studies on fracking and cancers, other health effects

Two studies will take three years, $3.9 million
By Reid Frazier

Shell's ethane cracker under construction in June, 2019 in Beaver County, Pa.

Shell tells community meeting that ethane cracker in Beaver County is at peak employment

Some say the project and jobs have boosted the area; others raise concerns over air pollution
By Reid Frazier

The Shale and Public Health Conference in Pittsburgh. Photo: Reid R. Frazier
Updated: November 20, 2019 | 10:05 am

Johns Hopkins researcher: Pa. should ban fracking

Brian Schwartz said he recently became convinced that the time had come to make a public statement about banning fracking. A shale gas industry group said a ban would bring Pennsylvania’s economy “to a standstill.”

By Reid Frazier

Ships carrying ethane from Pennsylvania sail the Firth of Forth, a river estuary emptying into the North Sea, to Grangemouth.

Despite Scotland’s fracking ban, imported American shale gas is key to the economy in one town. To some, it’s an uneasy state of affairs

One man who grew up near a major petrochemical plant thinks it’s a devil’s bargain: “Why should a community in America have to suffer what we’ve fought hard against?”

By Reid Frazier

Little Blue Run coal ash impoundment.

Trump administration proposes rollbacks for two Obama-era coal pollution rules

Rules on coal ash ponds, wastewater from coal-fired power plants are targetted
By Reid Frazier

Equitrans Midstream's Swartz natural gas storage field lies in Greene County, in Western Pennsylvania.

DEP, Equitrans agree to $650,000 settlement over storage field violations

State found inadequate documentation of wells drilled into storage field beneath a planned coal mine expansion
By Reid Frazier