Environment


 SCI-Fayette County, a state maximum security prison, is located just below the large,  fly-ash dump in LaBelle.

Groups say fly ash near state prison in Fayette County leads to health problems

A study by environmental groups finds inmate health problems at State Correctional Institution Fayette, which is next to a fly ash dump.

about 5 hours ago


 Data submitted by oil and gas operators on the amount of drilling cuttings and fracking fluid sent to Pittsburgh-area landfills don’t match up to reporting required of landfills. The DEP has opened an investigation into drillers’ under-reporting of the landfill waste.

Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP

Shale drillers are under-reporting how much waste they send to landfills. The DEP has launched an investigation to standardize reporting.

2 days ago


State determines wastewater from gas drilling contaminated drinking water in Westmoreland County

Department of Environmental Protection says tests found drinking water was contaminated by an impoundment near Stahlstown.

6 days ago


 Meg Cheever, CEO of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, talks Thursday about the project at Beacon Street.

Green infrastructure gaining ground in Schenley Park

A six-acre meadow could absorb as much as 600,000 gallons of water each year, part of a trend in keeping rain out of municipal pipes.

1 week ago


 To extinguish the fire and eliminate the smoke on the left side of this image, the DEP's contractor will pour several million gallons of water and 200 gallons of firefighting foam.

Mine fire near airport will be extinguished

Work is scheduled to begin in September and take a year to complete.

1 week ago


State Health Department changes shale gas complaint procedures

Critics say the state Health Department’s changes to track health complaints about Marcellus Shale drilling don’t go far enough.

2 weeks ago


 Volunteers Ryan Reilly of Oakmont, left, and Nikia Steele of Brackenridge lift a TV from a vehicle onto a cart at a "Hard to Recycle" collection sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council and partners at the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin.

Hundreds clean out the clutter for Pennsylvania Resources Council electronic recycling event

The council Saturday marked its 75th anniversary and one millionth pound of electronic waste collected.

2 weeks ago


 A worker flushes out a bin from which he had fed Asian carp onto a conveyer belt at the American Heartland Fish Products carp-processing plant near Grafton, Ill. The plant, which converts the nuisance fish into everything from animal feed to fish oil, joins a growing number of U.S. ventures hoping to profit by ridding the nation's biggest waterways of the species now threatening the Great Lakes.

Illinois company is latest to test market for carp

A company called American Heartland Fish Products is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering.

2 weeks ago


 Intake towers at the Hoover Dam are shown a month ago in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona. Last week, North America's largest man-made reservoir dropped below 1,082 feet above sea level, the lowest it's been since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.

Colorado River reservoir system hitting new water level lows

Lake Mead’s receding shoreline causing worries for network serving 40 million people and 4 million farm acres.

2 weeks ago


Stanford researchers say fracking at lesser depths intersects underground drinking water

Scientists caution chemical conference that they are not yet alleging contamination.

2 weeks ago


Live: Watch a House Wren and baby live in their nest

A screech owl box normally reserved for that species is currently occupied by an entirely different bird.

3 weeks ago


Live: Watch wildlife in Pennyslvania woods

About 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, there is a quiet wooded area with frequent wildlife visits. Watch it here.

3 weeks ago


 Threaded drilling pipes are stacked at a hydraulic fracturing site in Washington Township in 2013.

DEP gets second dour report on gas well oversight

A second report faults state handling of shale gas development boom, and says residents’ health is compromised

3 weeks ago


 Cheron Payne, left, hooks up the fittings on a rain barrel while  Josh Tarun, center, and Deshaun McClendon, right, install a diverter Thursday in Larimer.

Summer Student Conservation workers get job done

Student Conservation Association crews advance East End watershed project and build and improve trails in parks throughout the city.

3 weeks ago


Live: Watch Pittsburgh's peregrine falcons

They currently make their home at the Gulf Tower on Grant Street.

3 weeks ago


Live: Watch Pennsylvania's ospreys

With support of PixController, the Pennsylvania Game Commission installed this camera on an osprey nest in Northampton County.

3 weeks ago


 Annette Devinney of Penn Hills has spent parts of Christmas, Thanksgiving and her wedding anniversary watching the birds.

Eagle watchers flock together near Pittsburgh for a special summer

“Once you’ve seen an eagle fly over your head, your life will never be the same,” said Annette Devinney of Penn Hills.

3 weeks ago


 Back in April, the Hays bald eagle family, two adults and three eaglets, as seen via the live PixController camera feed.

Hays eagles soon to be empty-nesters

The camera trained on the eagles’ next in Hays will be turned off Aug. 19.

3 weeks ago


PG poll: Scientific consensus on climate change has not permeated the public

Other surveys overstated the degree of public knowledge on the issue and the intensity of support for measures to curb carbon emissions.

3 weeks ago


Governor persuades advocates to drop anti-fracking questions from Colo. ballot

Initiatives were creating uncertainty for Democratic candidates facing voters and worried about impact on state economy.

4 weeks ago


 Toledo, Ohio, Mayor D. Michael Collins drinks tap water after a news conference Monday.

Toledo water declared safe to drink; attention focuses on recurrent Lake Erie toxins

Mayor D. Michael Collins announced that the city‘s water tests finally showed low levels of the toxin microcystin.

4 weeks ago


 Ms. Surrec is not happy with the result of having her home weatherized through a program offered by her gas utility. Her home's humidity is now so high, she runs a dehumidifier in her kitchen 24 hours a day.

Jeannette woman takes on Columbia Gas after weatherization woes

Shirley Surrec filed a complaint with the PUC after a weatherization installation made her home too humid.

1 month ago



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