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The Schuylkill river at dusk in Philadelphia. The river is a popular fishing spot. New Jersey DEP has begun testing fish for the family of chemicals known as PFAS and issued fish advisories. New Jersey has stricter limits on PFAS exposure than Pennsylvania.

New Jersey issues first advisories for consumption of fish containing PFAS chemicals

State scientists recommend health limits for 12 species
By Jon Hurdle

Little Blue Run coal ash pond, on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.

Trump administration rolls back coal ash rules aimed at groundwater protection

States may be able to stop monitoring at some sites, and power plants have more time to close leaking ash ponds.

By Reid Frazier

Mariner East 2 pipeline construction in Chester County
Updated: July 20, 2018 | 11:15 am

New Mariner East troubles: Spill in western Pa., exposed pipeline outside Philadelphia

The state’s Public Utility Commission said people are not in “imminent danger” from the exposed pipe. But a township supervisor said she’s concerned and wants the situation treated with urgency.

By Jon Hurdle

FILE PHOTO: Cheswick Generating Station in Springdale, Pa.

With policy change, nearly a third of Pennsylvanians live in ‘environmental justice’ areas

Applications for certain things in environmental justice areas — like landfills or coal mines — are on a “trigger permit list” and get more scrutiny from the state Department of Environmental Protection. 

By Marie Cusick

Anaïs Peterson, 20, used to play soccer at this field in Indiana Township that's close to the site of a new natural gas well pad. She's organizing a march in Pittsburgh focused on climate change, and is calling for officials to stop the expansion of fracking in Allegheny County, among other requests.

How young activists hope to make climate change a political priority

Young activists are organizing rallies on climate change throughout the county. The organizers in Pittsburgh want to mobilize people their own age who are passionate about the environment to turn out at the polls.

By Amy Sisk

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A sign marks the path of the Mariner East 1 pipeline through Chester County.
Updated: July 17, 2018 | 4:13 pm

Independent study examining public safety risks of Mariner East pipelines

Community group commissions ‘quantitative risk analysis’ after county council deadlocks on proposal
By Jon Hurdle

FILE: A natural gas pipeline crosses the Tiadaghton State Forest.

The osprey population has grown in part because of a decline in contaminants in the Delaware estuary.

Delaware estuary’s ospreys recover as fish contaminants decline, report says

Population growth suggests overall improvement in region’s ecological health
By Jon Hurdle and Catalina Jaramillo

Trees cut on a Susquehanna County property in March 2016 to make way for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. The company says it will fight a FERC order upholding New York State's denial of a permit for the project.

A company cut trees for a pipeline that hasn’t been approved. The landowners just filed for compensation

The Constitution Pipeline is not built two years after crews cut more than 500 trees on northeast Pennsylvania property. The company says it is trying to get approval and still plans to build the line.

By Jon Hurdle

In the distance, construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline at Raystown Lake Recreation Area in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Mariner East 2 pipeline spill prompting underwater inspection, ‘no wake zone’ at Raystown Lake

Sunoco spilled 25-30 gallons of drilling fluid into Raystown Lake in December, and divers are now assessing impacts to the lake bottom.

By Marie Cusick
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