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Sarah Bernardi from Jeannette reads over research she's acquired in fighting the use of herbicides by West Penn Power to clear brush along a transmission line, fearing contamination of the water.

As utilities quietly turn to herbicides, a challenge arises

Utilities become more aggressive in managing vegetation around power lines and turn to herbicides as the most efficient way to clear brush.


Kyle O'Connor this spring became chief executive officer of kWantera Inc., a Strip District-based firm that helps buyers and sellers of energy understand the complex marketplace.

Profile: Kyle O'Connor is simplifying a complex energy market

KWantera, based in the Strip District, is hoping to give complex energy analytics a broader reach.


In this May 21, 2015, photo, David Ledig, a national monument manager from the Bureau of Land Management, walks past rocks covered in oil at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. Plains All American Pipeline said in a statement Tuesday that a California grand jury has indicted the company and one of its employees in connection with the pipeline break.

Feds: Pipeline company failed to detect California oil spill

Regulators say a company responsible for a massive oil spill on California’s coast a year ago didn't do enough to prevent pipeline


In this May 21, 2015, photo, David Ledig, a national monument manager from the Bureau of Land Management, walks past rocks covered in oil at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. Plains All American Pipeline said in a statement Tuesday that a California grand jury has indicted the company and one of its employees in connection with the pipeline break.

Pittsburgh-area drilling opponents have their say in court

Opponents of shale gas drilling near the Mars School District campus asked a judge to throw out a leaseholders’ lawsuit against them.



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