From the air it might look like an inviting lake, but Little Blue Run is filled with fly ash and calcium sulfate trapped at FirstEnergy’s Bruce Manfield Plant seven miles away.
In the fierce debates over the safety of fracking for natural gas, one group is giving both sides a chance to make their points.
It’s an international airport, but it may also soon be the site of Marcellus Shale gas drilling. The Allegheny County Airport Authority is asking gas exploration companies how much money could be made by leasing airport land for drilling.
It’s one more major example of just how huge this Marcellus Shale boom is becoming. Shell Oil may build something called an ethylene cracker – a major petro-chemical plant – in our region. The plant is expected to spawn a whole new industry – producing ethylene – a by-product of shale drilling to make plastics.