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Natural Gas Drilling Soil Test Information Bottled Water vs Tap Water Air Pollution

Natural Gas Drilling

Pennsylvania has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of exploration and extraction of natural gas in recent years. In particular, much interest has been generated in Marcellus Shale – a rock that is high in carbon and forms in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio. High levels of natural gas exist underneath this rock formation, and drilling technology has improved over the years making it much easier to access this gas. Read More.

Soil Testing Information

Before creating your backyard garden, it’s a good idea to get your soil tested. Read More.

Stormwater and Wastewater in Our Region

Pittsburgh has a problem with overflow and wastewater runoff which allows household chemicals to enter the waterways. In fact, the Allegheny County Health Department declared that approximately two thirds of the days of the boating season, the water is not safe to touch. Read More.

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water

Is bottled water healthier than the water coming from your sink? You may be surprised to know that drinking tap water is not only better for the environment, but also better for your health. Read More.

Air Pollution

How healthy is the air around you? Much of your overall health can be improved by simply breathing better air and there are many small things that you can do to help increase your air quality. Read More.

Technology and E-Waste

By the time you plug your appliance in at home, it is already obsolete. There is an abundance of electronic waste, abbreviated e-waste, which contains numerous chemicals including mercury, cadmium, lead, chromium and flame retardants that may be toxic to our health and damaging to our environment. Read More.