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Corrections and Clarifications


Our ultimate goal is to be both accountable for our coverage and transparent with our audience. To that end, any StateImpact story that requires a factual correction will be updated to reflect the change, and include an “editor’s note” to say what the nature of the correction or clarification was. For example:

We reported that a student at the for-profit Kaplan University had been seeking a law degree and had not been told that participation in the program would not allow him to take the bar exam in Iowa. We should have made clear that the student was enrolled in a B.A. program in paralegal studies, not in a law degree program.

In addition, all online errors that get corrected will be tagged and aggregated on this page. Email Scott Detrow (sdetrow (at) or Susan Phillips (sphillips (at) with your requests for corrections or clarifications.


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NPR: Protecting fuel supplies post-Sandy

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Philadelphia Energy Solutions was shut down during Hurricane Sandy. The refinery remained open, but did shut down some units. Other units remained in “standby” mode. One year ago today, Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the eastern seaboard. The storm knocked out power for more than one [...]

Oil Trains Rumble Into Philly, Bringing Dakota Crude, Jobs And Safety Concerns

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Philadelphia Energy Solutions would be accepting trains carrying 70,000 gallons of crude oil each. The correct volume is 70,000 barrels. Robert King remembers the very first time he saw an oil train. “It was April 14, 2013.” King, a 17-year-old Philadelphian, is a “railfan,” the name [...]

Legislative Proposal Aims to Re-unite Landowners with Mineral Rights

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that the Hallowich family had a split estate. That’s not the case, the Hallowich’s retained their mineral rights and continue to receive royalties from natural gas production. Just as landowners across the state began to realize they were sitting on top of a lucrative slice of natural [...]

You Want Oil With That?

Correction: A previous version of this story stated the well produces 3/4 gallons of oil a day. The correct total is 3/4 barrels. Bradford, McKean County is littered with abandoned oil and gas wells. More than a third of the 8,200 known abandoned wells in Pennsylvania’s statewide database are located in McKean County. But drilling [...]

How Will Corbett’s Executive Order Change The Marcellus Permitting Process?

Clarification: this article has been updated to more accurately reflect the substance of the governor’s order. The AP airs environmentalists’ concerns over  Governor Corbett’s recent order directing the Department of Environmental Protection to “strive to process environmentally-protective applications as expeditiously as possible.” George Jugovic, who heads PennFuture, says he’s worried speed will trump safety. The order, signed July [...]

Commonwealth Court: Act 13′s Zoning Restrictions Are Unconstitutional

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated Commonwealth Court found Act 13 violated the state constitution’s right to clean air and water. In fact, the court rejected that claim. StateImpact Pennsylvania regrets the error. Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court has thrown out restrictions on local governments’ ability to zone and regulate natural gas drilling. The limits [...]

Shell Video Wasn’t Real

File this under corrections and clarifications:  For about ten minutes, we posted a link to what appeared to be video of a Shell photo-op gone wrong: a model oil rig suffering a blowout and spilling liquor all over a guest. Turns out, the video was a fake. Gawker’s Jalopnik figured it out pretty quickly: Lots [...]

Local Zoning Changes: Preemption Language Returns To Impact Fee, And PUC Takes Charge

How will Pennsylvania’s new impact fee restrict local regulation of natural gas drilling? The latest iteration of the bill makes several key changes to the local zoning restrictions lawmakers approved in December. That’s according to a draft copy of the bill obtained by StateImpact Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania has posted the draft impact fee bill and [...]

Report: Ethane Cracker Will Land In Ohio

CLARIFICATION: As several readers have pointed out, this article doesn’t clearly explain who these “experts” are, and whether they’re simply predicting the cracker will end up in Ohio, or  sharing inside information. So, take this with a grain of salt, as one of many articles we’re linking to on the cracker topic. When new information [...]

At Forum, Labor And Industry Secretary Says PA Is “Blessed” To Host Drillers

Correction: The corrected Department of Revenue figure referred to taxes land owners pay on drilling-related profits, not the amount of money energy companies pay in corporate taxes. At a Capitol forum sponsored by the natural gas drilling industry, Pennsylvania’s Labor and Industry Secretary, Julia Hearthway, played the role of Marcellus Shale cheerleader. Pointing to what [...]

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