The Allegheny Front http://wesa.fm en Climate Change Not So Sweet For Maple Syrup http://wesa.fm/post/climate-change-not-so-sweet-maple-syrup <p>Maple trees could be in trouble in the Northeast U.S. in the coming decades. Federal climate models have predicted the region will lose most of its maples by next century. But producers don't seem worried: maple syrup prices are high, and with technology, the sap is flowing just fine.<br /><br />Jason Blocher’s livelihood each year largely depends on the weather in February and March. He’s the third generation in his family to run Milroy Maple Farms in Somerset County, on Pennsylvania’s southern border, just a few miles from Maryland.<br /> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:59:30 +0000 Julie Grant | The Allegheny Front 27115 at http://wesa.fm Climate Change Not So Sweet For Maple Syrup Did Congress Kill Wind Energy Jobs in PA? http://wesa.fm/post/did-congress-kill-wind-energy-jobs-pa <p>Bradley Molinick started work at Gamesa’s wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Ebensburg, Pa. in 2006, before the plant was even finished.<br /><br />“I was offered a job right out of the interview. I started January 30, 2006.”<br /><br />Almost eight years to the day that he started, he was called into a conference room for a 7 a.m. meeting. It was supposed to be a teleconference with top managers from the company. But last minute came word. Those managers had come to town for the meeting.<br /> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:24:44 +0000 Reid Frazier | The Allegheny Front 26263 at http://wesa.fm Did Congress Kill Wind Energy Jobs in PA? Snowy Owl Boom: Population of Arctic Birds Soars http://wesa.fm/post/snowy-owl-boom-population-arctic-birds-soars <p>It’s been a big year for snowy owls. People have reported seeing thousands of the magnificent Arctic birds, from Erie, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., all the way to the island of Bermuda.<br /><br />Researchers say there are more owls this season than anyone has seen in 50 years. They call a population boom like this an irruption. The question for many people has been, why is it happening?<br /> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:45:24 +0000 Julie Grant | The Allegheny Front 25479 at http://wesa.fm Snowy Owl Boom: Population of Arctic Birds Soars PA Chemical Tank Laws Tougher Than West Virginia http://wesa.fm/post/pa-chemical-tank-laws-tougher-west-virginia <p>The chemical leak at Freedom Industries that left 300,000 people without water in West Virginia brings up questions in other states, like Pennsylvania, about the possibility of other water contamination catastrophes. There have been spills into Pennsylvania waterways before, and regulators say those incidents have led to more strict laws here. Regulators say a spill is less likely here than in West Virginia, but clean water advocates aren't so sure.<br /> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 15:32:55 +0000 Julie Grant | The Allegheny Front 22974 at http://wesa.fm PA Chemical Tank Laws Tougher Than West Virginia How One Woman Took on Shell to Save Her Louisiana Town http://wesa.fm/post/how-one-woman-took-shell-save-her-louisiana-town <p>In June 2012, Pennsylvania officials flew to Louisiana to visit a couple of petrochemical plants owned by Shell, a company they were about to give big economic incentives to build a plant in Beaver County, Pa.<br /><br />But they didn’t visit Margie Richard, who once lived in Norco, but now lives outside New Orleans.<br /><br />If they had, they would have gotten another story about Shell’s operations here, a story about toxic emissions, industrial accidents, and how a very determined school teacher brought one of the largest companies in the world to the negotiating table.<br /> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 02:20:52 +0000 Reid Frazier | The Allegheny Front 19585 at http://wesa.fm How One Woman Took on Shell to Save Her Louisiana Town New Life Comes to the Carrie Blast Furnaces http://wesa.fm/post/new-life-comes-carrie-blast-furnaces <p>The site of the Carrie Blast Furnaces is immense. Set alongside the Monongahela River, the two steel furnaces, tower at nearly 100 feet&mdash;totally eclipsing the site&rsquo;s two football-field sized warehouses. Since its closing nearly 35 years ago, much of the machinery was stripped and sold for scrap, leaving a rusty skeleton. But it&rsquo;s also become a welcoming habitat for wildlife.<br /><br />You can find Ron Baraff, the Carrie Furnaces resident expert, on site most days, leading tours and leading the charge for its reinvention.<br /> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:32:05 +0000 Lauren Knapp | The Allegheny Front 17325 at http://wesa.fm New Life Comes to the Carrie Blast Furnaces Pedaling The GAP Trail By Rickshaw http://wesa.fm/post/pedaling-gap-trail-rickshaw <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.atatrail.org/">Great Allegheny Passage</a> runs 150 miles between Pittsburgh and Cumberland Maryland. This year the Allegheny Trail Alliance celebrates its <a href="http://www.atatrail.org/finalmile.cfm">near completion</a>.</p><p>Jennifer Szweda Jordan, host of the <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/">Allegheny Front</a> takes a short trip, by rickshaw, in the Pittsburgh section of the trail with <a href="http://greengearspedicabs.com/">Green Gears Pedicabs</a>. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:55:01 +0000 Heather McClain 10943 at http://wesa.fm Pedaling The GAP Trail By Rickshaw Shale To Solar: Farmers Use Gas Money to Build Solar Arrays http://wesa.fm/post/shale-solar-farmers-use-gas-money-build-solar-arrays <p></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:01:53 +0000 The Allegheny Front 7127 at http://wesa.fm Shale To Solar: Farmers Use Gas Money to Build Solar Arrays