Researcher Melissa Sullivan uses an infrared FLIR camera to determine if methane is leaking from a well site.

The Pennsylvania state Capitol is seen in this file photo.

Is state senator Gene Yaw out to lunch on key energy issues?

Proposing a (joke?) resolution wasn’t the only thing Yaw was up to this week

By Marie Cusick

Mariner East 2 pipeline construction in Lebanon County August 24, 2018

Energy Transfer is under criminal investigation for Mariner East pipelines, and now a prominent GOP legislator is criticizing the company

State Sen. Gene Yaw, a staunch supporter of Pennsylvania’s gas industry, said Energy Transfer is damaging the reputations of more responsible pipeline operators.

By Marie Cusick

Plastic trash is deposited at the high tide line at Monmouth Beach, New Jersey. A new local law prohibiting merchants from using plastic straws, styrofoam food containers, and plastic bags is a small step in the right direction, supporters say.

What other states are doing about plastic bags — and what might happen with Pa.’s proposed ban

Charging a 2-cent per-bag fee would have little impact on use, according to an advocate in New Jersey. Legislators in that state just introduced a stronger bill banning plastics than one the governor vetoed last year, saying it didn’t go far enough.

By Jon Hurdle

US Steel's Clairton Coke Works.



Representatives from the state's PFAS Action Team updated people on plans for water testing during a meeting in Abington, Pa, on April 15, 2019.
Updated: April 16, 2019 | 9:07 am

Wolf’s PFAS Action Team gives update on water-testing plans to frustrated Pa. residents

The state’s actions include sampling urine, dust, and water from Bucks and Montgomery county residents whose blood was already tested. Some people at Monday’s meeting said Pennsylvania isn’t moving fast enough to deal with the family of toxic chemicals.

By Dana Bate, WHYY

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Amy Sisk, left, with panelists Paulina Jaramillo, Greg Reed and Ivonne Peña at a public event in Pittsburgh Tuesday Jan. 29 called

‘energy, explained’ podcast: Climate change’s big question: Can we get to zero carbon?

At a Jan. 29 public event, three experts peered into the future — near-term and long-term — to offer

By Scott Blanchard

U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant, the largest coke works in North America, in Clairton, Pa.

‘Razorblades and feathers in my throat’: A fire at a U.S. Steel plant near Pittsburgh made a major polluter even worse

Pollution controls damaged by a Christmas Eve fire are working again. But many people in nearby communities are still feeling the effects — and worrying about their health.

By Reid Frazier

The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.
Updated: April 12, 2019 | 7:42 pm

DEP to begin statewide sampling for six PFAS chemicals

Year-long program to focus on sources of likely contamination including military bases and airports
By Jon Hurdle

Megan Holleran stands by a sign on her family's land. The Hollerans lost their court battle to save their maple trees from eminent domain seizure. The trees are being cut to make way for the new Constitution Pipeline, which has been stalled amid legal battles.