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Amy Sisk

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Amy Sisk reports for StateImpact Pennsylvania and WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR member station. She comes to Pennsylvania from another energy-rich state, North Dakota, where she told stories from coal mines, wind farms and the Bakken oil patch for Inside Energy and Prairie Public Broadcasting. Amy's stories often air on NPR, including those from the eight months she spent following the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. A reporting trip to the Bakken during its boom years sparked her interest in energy. Ever since, she's covered the industry -- from the way it is regulated to its influence on policy to its impact on people and the environment.

Residents concerned proposed mine could hurt water quality

Somerset County residents examine a map of the proposed Keyser mine Tuesday at a meeting with officials from the Department of Environmental Protection.

Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Somerset County residents examine a map of the proposed Keyser mine Tuesday at a meeting with officials from the Department of Environmental Protection.

The company behind a new coal mine in Somerset County intends to open another in the area, and some residents worry the new operation could hurt their water quality.

The Keyser underground mine would produce metallurgical coal, which is used to make steel. Wilson Creek Energy, a subsidiary of Corsa Coal Corp., is seeking permits from the Department of Environmental Protection to begin operations. Continue Reading

Lawmakers consider breaks for oil, gas in tax bills

Stock photo of a natural gas well pad. Photo taken Dec. 1, 2017 in Washington County.

Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Stock photo of a natural gas well pad. Photo taken Dec. 1, 2017 in Washington County.

As lawmakers hash out differences between the tax bills in front of Congress, they must decide whether to keep a proposed tax break for oil and gas investors — and just how big the reduction should be.

Both the House and Senate versions cut the tax rate for owners of oil and gas companies that operate as publicly traded partnerships. These companies, such as Shell and Energy Transfer Partners operating in Pennsylvania, span many aspects of the industry, from drillers to pipeline operators to gas processors and oil refiners.

Publicly traded partnerships don’t pay corporate income taxes, so lawmakers have to decide how to tax the income they pass through to their owners. Continue Reading

DEP eyes new land for abandoned mine cleanup

A pile of waste coal sits abandoned in Fredericktown. Photo: Reid Frazier

A pile of waste coal sits abandoned in Fredericktown. Photo: Reid Frazier

Environmental officials in Pennsylvania have long focused on cleaning up the most hazardous old mines, but they plan to start addressing other abandoned mining sites that pose fewer public health dangers.

Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, announced Tuesday that his agency is developing a program aimed at converting these spaces into recreation areas. Continue Reading

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