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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 Marie Cusick (marie_cusick(at) witf.org), Katie Colaneri (kcolaneri (at) whyy.org) or Susan Phillips (sphillips (at) whyy.org) with your requests for corrections or clarifications.

 

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What’s in those tank cars near the Amtrak derailment?

News footage of the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia Tuesday night shows nearby tank cars that look similar to the rail cars carrying crude oil or other hazardous material across the country each day. In aerial photos, it looks as if the Amtrak train, traveling at 100 miles an hour, nearly missed creating an even greater [...]

DEP rejects industry pressure to remove some members from oil & gas board

The Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday rejected a call by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association for the removal of four non-voting members from a board that advises officials on oil and gas policy. Elizabeth Nolan, an attorney for the DEP, said there were no grounds to dismiss the four members, who have [...]

Law Would Offer New Federal Protection for Delaware River Basin

Federal lawmakers on Tuesday stepped up efforts to conserve the Delaware River Basin when they reintroduced a bill that would enhance federal protection for the 300-mile watershed between upstate New York and the mouth of the Delaware Bay. The Delaware River Basin Conservation Act would charge the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with coordinating the [...]

Worker dies in accident at Sunoco’s Delaware County refinery

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an accident at the Sunoco Logistics plant in Marcus Hook, which left one man dead. An OSHA spokesperson says the man worked for the engineering firm AECOM, a contractor at the site. Sources told StateImpact the worker died from multiple blunt force injuries after a 1200 foot pylon [...]

With new draft rules, DEP steps up oversight of drilling waste

The state Department of Environmental Protection is planning to increase its oversight of oil and gas drilling waste. The department issued new draft regulations which would ban the use of temporary waste storage pits and require drillers to either shut down or upgrade large centralized wastewater impoundment ponds. The waste rules are among other changes to DEP’s [...]

Report: Pennsylvania’s effective tax rate on drillers is declining

Even though revenue from Pennsylvania’s gas impact fee has generally ticked upward over the years, the annual effective tax rate on Marcellus Shale drillers has steadily gone down– that’s according to a new analysis released by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office. The IFO is modeled on the U.S. Congressional Budget Office and provides nonpartisan analysis for budgetary [...]

Senator Casey tells Obama Administration to speed up rail safety initiative

In the wake of the fiery oil train derailment last week in West Virginia, which forced dozens of residents to evacuate and had the state’s governor declare a state of emergency, Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey says the Obama Administration should speed up authorization for rail safety improvements. Casey says the rules, which included new funding [...]

Senate committee approves shale gas health bill

A bill to create a Marcellus Shale health advisory panel, which never made it out of committee last year, was approved by the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee unanimously today.  Senate Bill 375, introduced by Senate Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson), would create a nine-member panel to advise the legislature on the health impacts of [...]

Marcellus Shale production numbers break another record

Drilling companies in Pennsylvania have broken yet another record, as shale gas production jumped 30 percent last year, according to new data released by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Marcellus Shale drillers produced more than 2 trillion cubic feet of gas in the second half of 2014. Throughout all of last year, they produced [...]

In fracking hot spots, police and gas industry share intelligence on activists

Last month an anti-fracking group settled a lawsuit against Pennsylvania, after it was erroneously labeled a potential terrorist threat. The case dates back to 2010 and was an embarrassment for then-Governor Ed Rendell. But documents obtained by StateImpact Pennsylvania show law enforcement here and in other parts of the country continue to conduct surveillance on anti-fracking [...]

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