Reid Frazier / StateImpact Pennsylvania

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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Corroded equipment led to catastrophic 2018 fire at U.S. Steel plant, court documents reveal

A report by U.S. Steel investigators found that multiple equipment failures made the fire bigger and more destructive.

By Reid Frazier

PUC approves $1.975M settlement with Energy Transfer for Pa. pipeline blast

Last year, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a record $30 million fine to the company for the blast, focusing on the pipeline’s faulty slope stabilization.

By Reid Frazier

Back online, Monessen coke plant again draws air pollution complaints

New owners restarted plant after it was idled for a year
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Proposed natural gas power plant in Washington County asks state to withdraw permits

An environmental group had challenged the company’s air quality permit.

By Reid Frazier

Updated: October 1, 2021 | 3:08 pm

US Steel is trying to block Allegheny County’s new coke oven rules

The company said the county is not “honoring its end of the bargain” struck as part of a 2019 settlement over air pollution violations.

By Reid Frazier

DEP cites Shell for ‘malodors’ outside cracker plant construction site

Shell said the odors could be associated with anti-corrosion treatments to the plant’s cooling water tower. 

By Reid Frazier

Climate change’s ‘fingerprint’ seen in Ida flooding, including in Pennsylvania

“(W)hen hurricanes occur the rainfall associated with them is more intense because of human-induced climate change and Ida will not be an exception."
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Climate change’s ‘fingerprint’ seen in Ida flooding

A mounting body of evidence shows that continued warming is making storms more intense. 

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Judge vacates Trump’s rollback of protections for streams, wetlands

A federal judge said the Trump rule — known as the Navigable Waters Protection Rule — had “fundamental, substantive flaws” that “would risk serious environmental harm” if it were upheld, by exposing hundreds of waterways to pollution. 

By Reid Frazier

Federal pipeline agency issues warning letter to Shell for Falcon project

The agency chose not to issue a fine but ordered the company to correct the alleged problems. 

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