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A farm in Wayne County sits on top of the Marcellus Shale formation. Drilling has not begun in the area of the state that drains into the Delaware River because the Delaware River Basin Commission has not allowed it.

Delaware basin land owners welcome committee approval of compensation bill

Fracking opponents call bill a 'preposterous' attempt to boost industry at the expense of public health
By Jon Hurdle

Workers and contractors for Sunoco Pipeline have been investigating sink holes behind homes at Lisa Drive, West Whiteland Township, Chester County where the company has been drilling for construction of the Mariner East 2 and 2X pipelines. The company offered to relocate residents of the five homes whose yards are crossed by the pipeline right of way.

Suit accuses Sunoco of violating federal Clean Water Act

Even though the oil and gas industry is exempt from obtaining the permits – unlike other kinds of industrial construction such as powerlines — that exemption disappears when a water violation occurs, argued Aaron Stemplewicz, senior attorney for DRN.

By Jon Hurdle

The new law will help commercial property owners finance the upfront costs of installing clean energy upgrades, such as new solar panels.

The former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and present day Horsham Air Guard Station is shown Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Horsham, Pa. The military is checking whether chemicals from firefighting foam might have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide and potentially tainted drinking water, the Defense Department said.

Public-interest groups raise pressure on feds to release toxic chemical study

Fifty-three organizations say the federal Department of Health and Human Services must publish recommendations for health limits on hazardous PFAS chemicals.

By Jon Hurdle



A gas drill rig near Montrose.

Court rejects fracking company’s appeal in “rule of capture” decision

In a case that could have national implications for gas drillers, a Pennsylvania court has sided with landowners. Gas driller will appeal to the Supreme Court.

By Susan Phillips

About 150 people showed up at a rally in West Chester on Jun 9 to urge the state's Public Utility Commission to shut down Sunoco's Mariner East pipeline project.

As PUC decision nears, Mariner East foes rally to call for total shutdown 

Sunoco has said the project is nearly finished. Demonstrators said the project’s violations — and the fact that the line was recently struck by a contractor — are reasons to shut it down.

By Jon Hurdle

FILE PHOTO: Shell flared off natural gas for three months in 2012, to alleviate subsurface pressure in Union Township, Tioga County, where one of its drilling sites got too close to an abandoned well

Wolf administration, two years after climate pledge: ‘no specific timeline’ on methane regulations

New requirements for oil and gas industry don't affect thousands of existing wells
By Marie Cusick

Mariner East 2 pipeline construction in Delaware County

Officials: Water main contractor struck Mariner East 2 in Delaware County

Damage was minor, but critics say incident highlights public safety risks
By Jon Hurdle

A fisherman along the banks of the Susquehanna River. Two senior state environmental officials say there is no link between gas drilling and problems with the river's smallmouth bass population.

Virus linked to smallmouth bass deaths in Susquehanna

Illness seen as a key piece of the puzzle in population decline
By Marie Cusick