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: Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures while speaking at the Shale Insight Conference, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Trump will return to the conference this year.

Dead vegetation around a conventional well indicating a possible brine spill.

DEP, CNX reach $1.48 M settlement on abandoned wells

Resolves 2018 order involving more than 1,000 wells
By Reid Frazier

Alison Cobb asks a question at a PA Department of Health forum on the state's Washington County cancer study.

Washington County family members tell state to ‘fix’ their cancer study

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.

By Reid Frazier

George Watson's natural gas wells on his Center Township, Greene County land put him at the head of a global supply chain that stretches to Europe and other parts of the world.

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.

By Reid Frazier

This 2008 file photo shows a view of the INEOS refinery at Grangemouth, Scotland, where ethane imported from Pennsylvania is processed and turned into plastic.

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.’

By Reid Frazier

Zoe Shipton, professor of Geology, inside her office at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, holding a pseudotachylite from California.

In the UK, fracking is not a thing — so shale gas from the U.S. has become their workaround

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.

By Reid Frazier

Kevin Ross, president of the Scottish Plastic and Rubber Association, in front of the INEOS Grangemouth refinery and chemical plant.

At Grangemouth refinery in Scotland, a plastics evangelist says U.S. shale gas is vital

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.

By Reid Frazier

This 2008 file photo shows a view of the INEOS refinery at Grangemouth, Scotland, where ethane imported from Pennsylvania is processed and turned into plastic.

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Reid Frazier: Why I’m following Pa.’s Marcellus shale gas to Scotland

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.”

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The Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill, which accepts solid fracking waste, is shown in September 2019.

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.

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