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Fitzgerald vows to move Allegheny County forward in second term

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald pledged to move the region forward during his second term in the county’s top spot. Fitzgerald, 56, a Squirrel Hill Democrat, was sworn in Monday in a ceremony at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland. He stressed that cooperation among governments, communities, educational institutions and businesses rebuilt Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and Western ...

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2 major western Pennsylvania resorts to open for skiing

CHAMPION, Pa. (AP) — Western Pennsylvania’s two major ski resorts say they’ll open for business Wednesday, despite unseasonably warm temperatures for most of the month. Officials at Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort say a weekend cold snap enabled them to make snow since Friday and through the weekend. High temperatures in lower elevations in western Pennsylvania were ...

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Energy producers pump up economy in 2014 but plunge feared in 2015

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The natural gas industry boosted economic growth last year in Western Pennsylvania, where gross domestic product increased at the fastest pace in five years, according to Commerce Department data released Wednesday. The value of goods and services produced in the seven-county Pittsburgh region grew 2.9 percent in 2014, ranking the region 77th among 381 metro areas in terms of its ...

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DEP wants ‘significant’ Sunoco fine for drilling mud spills

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FINLEYVILLE, Pa. — The state Department of Environmental Protection is negotiating a “significant” fine with Sunoco Pipeline for thousands of gallons of drilling clay that a subcontractor spilled into several western Pennsylvania creeks. A spokesman for Philadelphia-based Sunoco isn’t commenting on comments DEP spokesman John Poister made to the (Washington) Observer-Reporter. Poister says DEP officials are seeking the fine for ...

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Energy Spotlight: Ryan T. Purpura

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Ryan T. Purpura hopes to never do anything but legal work for the oil and gas sector. He also hopes to finish his career in Western Pennsylvania, where he grew up. Despite the recent slowdown in drilling activity because of low prices, the partner in Downtown law firm McGuire Woods’ energy section says both he and the business that flows ...

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Natural gas industry offers stability for Western Pennsylvania economy, experts say

The natural gas industry must become a bigger part of the Western Pennsylvania economy if the region is going to keep pace with job growth around the rest of the nation, economists said Wednesday. “Pittsburgh has not latched on to any current driving forces, economic sparks,” said Kurt Rankin, an economist at PNC Financial Services, during a roundtable discussion Downtown ...

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Goat-grazing business fills environmental niche in Western Pennsylvania

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Goats really will eat anything — quietly and without much encouragement — so it makes simple sense to some to take advantage of that. Pittsburgh resident Carrie Pavlik, expects to profit from increased demand for environmentally friendly land management with her goat-grazing start-up business, Steel City Grazers, which charges customers to have the company’s goats eat shrubs, bushes and other ...

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Canadian company centers its Marcellus push in Southpointe

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When asked what design firm Stantec does, Jason Leadingham says to look around — you’ll likely see examples of its work in office buildings, bridges or the expanding network of natural gas production in Western Pennsylvania. “We design communities,” said Leadingham, 40, of North Strabane, director of the U.S. oil and gas pipeline office that Edmonton-based Stantec has established in ...

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Shale drilling boom a bust for some Western Pennsylvania towns

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John Mollenauer has viewed the prosperity raining on western Washington County from the Marcellus shale boom with all the longing of a kid staring through a candy store window. He’s watched the demand for new homes soar in Cecil and North Strabane. He’s seen high-end restaurants, hotels and retail outlets spring up to meet the needs of a burgeoning population ...

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Eagles again flourishing in Western Pa.

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It’s officially a comeback. In southwestern Pennsylvania, the once-endangered bald eagle is believed to be nesting at about 23 sites, with the greatest number in Armstrong County, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission southwest region office. Apparently, neither snowstorms nor subzero temperatures can stop bald eagles from laying and caring for their eggs. The Pittsburgh Hays eagles, the storied couple ...

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