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Citing train derailments, Casey beats the drum for federal appropriations bill

Citing three recent train derailments in Pennsylvania, Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey is beating the drum for a federal appropriations bill he says would help make shipping hazardous materials like crude oil safer. The bill would fund the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Transportation, including the related agencies that oversee the nation’s highways and [...]

Watch our Delaware River watershed discussion live right here

Tonight, StateImpact Pennsylvania presents The Delaware River Watershed: Healthy or At Risk? It’s our interactive panel discussion about the economic, agricultural and environmental challenges facing this major river basin in the studios of WHYY in Philadelphia. Our panelists include Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum, Patty Elkis of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Peter Wulfhorst [...]

Join StateImpact Pennsylvania for interactive Delaware River Watershed discussion

Almost 50 people have already signed up for our event on the Delaware River Watershed coming up on the evening of Thursday. November 14. But there’s still plenty of room for more at WHYY’s auditorium in Philadelphia! Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at our building on Independence Mall. The program will begin promptly at 7 [...]

The Delaware River Watershed: Healthy or At Risk?

A view of the Delaware River from Bucks County, Pa.

George Washington leading his soldiers across icy currents. That time you caught “the big one.” Whatever you think of when you hear the words “Delaware River,” the StateImpact Pennsylvania reporting team wants to hear from you. And to invite you to think deeply about the role our rivers play in our lives. Flowing more than 300 miles, [...]

PA Petitions Full Supreme Court To Rehear Act 13 Challenge

Changes on the bench at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have prompted two state agencies to petition the court to rehear arguments in an ongoing challenge to the controversial Marcellus Shale drilling law known as Act 13. But whether a new Supreme Court justice will be able to participate in the final ruling is a matter [...]

Mapping Gas Related Water Complaints

The Scranton Times-Tribune teamed up with Frac Tracker to map where gas-related water complaints originated across the state. The searchable map includes color-coded dots where the Department of Environmental Protection either connected the complaint to gas drilling, did not determine gas drilling was the cause, or did not make a determination. For the interactive map, [...]

Corbett Signs Controversial Bill Giving Drillers Power To Pool Leases

Governor Corbett signed a controversial bill into law today, giving drillers the power to combine or “pool” leases for horizontal oil and gas drilling. The legislation was originally promoted as an effort to bring more transparency to the deductions companies take out of royalty payments. Complaints over those deductions lead to a recent Senate hearing on the [...]

Senator Casey Wants to Promote Propane Fueled Vehicles

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey plans to introduce legislation that would make it easier to run trucks and busses on natural gas. The Clean Vehicle Corridors Act tries to remove one of the largest obstacles to fueling cars and trucks with natural gas — the lack of fueling infrastructure. The bill would help create refueling stations [...]

DEP Fines Lehigh Valley Coal-Burning Plant for Air Pollution Violations

Northampton Generating Company, which provides electricity to about 100 households in Northampton County, will pay $119,345 to the state’s Clean Air Fund. The Department of Environmental Protection says the company violated emission limits for carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide five times over two and a half years between 2009 and 2012. It also reported false [...]

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