The Allegheny Front show

The Allegheny Front

Summary: Each week, The Allegheny Front, an award-winning public radio program hosted by Matthew Craig, explores environmental issues and the natural history of Western Pennsylvania and beyond with interviews, feature stories and commentary.

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 Flying squirrels, climate education, and how a drop in oil prices may be good for Pa. gas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Planting a rare spruce forest for one small inhabitant. One Pittsburgh area school district is the first in the state to pass a climate resolution. Hear how students made it happen. What's being done to bring climate science to students across Pa. How a drop in oil prices may be good for Pa. shale gas.

 Bad bugs, contaminated well water, and the history of Big Oil | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

The invasive spotted lanternfly is moving westward.  In Pennsylvania, questions about safety of private well water. West Virginians are also suffering from a lack of clean water. An author who looks with a critical eye at the past and future of Big Oil.

 Episode for February 28, 2020 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

While consumers push for less plastic, experts say big policy changes will make a bigger difference. A climate scientist says 'no' to flying. Students push for Pitt to divest from fossil fuels. Will Pa. unions support a Democratic presidential candidate who opposes fracking?  A settlement for U.S. Steel's pollution and a criminal investigation over a pipeline explosion.

 Good news for an imperiled bat, bad new for migratory birds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Some good news for a bat species in decline. Former US Fish and Wildlife officials speak out against decreasing protections for migratory birds. Calls for a 'just transition' for coal workers in West Virginia and a fine for a landfill that takes fracking waste.

 Future of farming; environmentalists push for more monitoring of the petrochemical industry; fear of winter camping turns into wonder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

What's the future of farming in Pa.? Environmentalists push for more monitoring of the petrochemical industry. A fear of winter camping turns into wonder. A final agreement with U.S. Steel to deal with air pollution.

  Winter hiking; Gov. Wolf on climate and petrochemicals; manipulating data at USGS | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

We head out on a hike for a different perspective on winter. Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf wants to fight climate change but this support of petrochemicals will make that harder to achieve. A new poll splits support in Pa. for a fracking ban. Plus, internal documents show the Trump administration tried to spin climate data about wildfires to promote logging.

 Bonus Episode: Interview with Justin Nobel, author of "America's Radioactive Secret" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:18

The Allegheny Front's Kara Holsopple talks with journalist Justin Nobel about his investigative piece, "America's Radioactive Secret," on the dangers of radioactive oil and gas waste, published recently in Rolling Stone. The piece focuses on worker and community safety and health concerns over the wastewater that comes up out of fracked oil and gas wells.

 Removing dams, shipping hazardous cargo and a radiation risk to oil and gas workers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Removing dams in the Ohio River watershed improves safety and fish habitat, but some residents aren't on board. Shipping on the Ohio River has gotten more dangerous with climate change. Oil and gas workers are at risk from radioactive elements in fracking wastewater. 

 Trump Rollbacks, Air Quality in Pittsburgh, Mercury in the Ohio | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

The Trump EPA ends protections for nearly a fifth of the nation's streams and half of wetlands, proposes ending the requirement for environmental impact studies and public input for all kinds of projects. Plus, what's next for air quality in Allegheny County? A look at mercury pollution in the Ohio River.

 Future of coal, mining impacts and living on a Lake Erie island | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

The Trump administration's policies couldn’t keep the largest privately-held coal company from bankruptcy. A new report details impacts from coal mining in Pa., while state park officials say they can't keep up with maintenance needs. Plus, living on a Lake Erie island.

 Saving lives from the switch to coal to gas, air quality in Pittsburgh, Louisville's riverfronts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

A study shows thousands of lives saved from switching from coal to natural gas for power. Air quality in Pittsburgh and a settlement with U.S. Steel. A proposed EPA rule would limit the kinds of scientific studies used to create environmental and public health regulations. Our Good River series about the Ohio continues.

 Revisiting 2019: Three Mile Island, criminal investigations into fracking and PFAS in water | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Some of our biggest stories of 2019: 40th anniversary of the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island and links to thyroid cancer; environmental investigations involving the fracking boom; and a court order not publish the details of an agreement between a gas driller and residents. Plus, PFAS contamination of drinking water.

 Stories about saving bats, mussels, insects and birds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Some of our best conservation stories of 2019: Surveying Pittsburgh rivers for a salamander important for an endangered mussel. Hope for bats devastated by white-nose syndrome. What we know about insect die-offs. Plus, friendship in birdwatching.

 Pa. gas and the connection to plastic in the ocean; climate change and strip mining equals flooding; hemp growers with high hopes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

In Scotland, efforts to keep plastic produced from Pa. shale gas out of the ocean. Climate change means more rain in our region. Will aging infrastructure protect towns from flooding? The strip mining and flooding connection in a warming world. Hemp growers have high hopes of turning a profit...someday. 

 A focus on the Ohio River: plastic pollution, green infrastructure, sustainability | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Shell’s ethane cracker in Beaver County will produce tiny plastic pellets that can spill or escape the plant. Will the Ohio River be protected? RiverWise is embracing sustainability in Beaver County. Plus, there's a new plan to keep sewage overflows out of Pittsburgh's three rivers. A CMU study finds economic value from natural gas in the region, but also premature deaths.


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