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Oil pipelines pursue a path of turmoil

The Keystone Pipeline was shut down Nov. 16, 2017, due to a leak that spilled thousands of gallons of oil in South Dakota. (Steven Oehlenschlager/Dreamstime/TNS)

By Lexi Kennell | Culture Editor

December 5, 2017

Native Americans in the Dakotas faced police dogs, pepper spray and rubber bullets last year while trying to protect their homes from one pipeline — now parts of the region have nearly 210,000 gallons of oil spilled on it from another. Last year’s clashes on the Standing Rock Reservation in North ...

Blue collar to green collar: Pittsburgh’s sustainable future

As Pittsburgh transforms toward a more sustainable city, the city faces a decline in labor force. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

By Jaime Viens | Contributing Editor

September 14, 2017

A Pittsburgh skyline dominated by smokestacks once denoted the bane of environmental destruction to some — but to many, it was a livelihood. More than ever before, Pittsburgh is shedding its long-standing status as the “Steel City” as it continues to transition from a City that is economically reliant on fossil fuels toward a City with more sustainable future in renewable energy. But our local economy is fa...

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