Jon Hurdle | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Jon Hurdle

Jon is an experienced journalist who has covered a wide range of general and business-news stories for national and local media in the U.S. and his native U.K. As a former Reuters reporter, he spent several years covering the early stages of Pennsylvania’s natural gas fracking boom and was one of the first national reporters to write about the effects of gas development on rural communities. Jon trained as a general news reporter with a British newspaper chain and later worked for several business-news organizations including Bloomberg News and Market News International, covering topics including economics, bonds, currencies and monetary policy. Since 2011, he has been a freelance writer, contributing Philadelphia-area news to The New York Times; covering economics for Market News, and writing stories on the environment and other subjects for a number of local outlets including StateImpact. He has written two travel guidebooks to the European Alps; lived in Australia, Switzerland, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, and visited many countries including Ethiopia, Peru, Taiwan, and New Zealand. Outside of work hours, Jon can be found running, birding, cooking, and, when weather permits, gardening in the back yard of a Philadelphia row home where he lives with his partner, Kate.

Latest by Jon Hurdle


Updated: October 22, 2020 | 4:07 pm

PUC doesn’t have to disclose its estimates of Mariner East ‘blast zone,’ court rules

But requester says public already knows the impact from independent reports
By Jon Hurdle


Delaware County emergency chief says he couldn’t evacuate everyone if a major Mariner East pipeline leak occurred

At PUC hearing, official acknowledges Sunoco's outreach but expresses safety concerns
By Jon Hurdle

More spills at Lebanon County Mariner East pipeline drill site earn Sunoco more violations

DEP recently ordered re-route of line in Chester County for similar problems
By Jon Hurdle

Updated: September 14, 2020 | 9:45 am

DEP orders Sunoco to reroute pipeline after Marsh Creek Lake spill

Mile-long alternative route will avoid area where 8,000 gallons of drilling mud escaped
By Jon Hurdle

New drilling-mud spill is Sunoco’s 10th at Lebanon County’s Snitz Creek since the Mariner East pipeline project began

DEP issues another violation as Mariner East struggles to cope with fragile limestone geology
By Jon Hurdle

Updated: August 26, 2020 | 10:48 am

Sunoco asks Environmental Hearing Board to block new DEP shutdown of troubled Chester County drilling site

Company says prolonged pause at West Whiteland will harm public interest
By Jon Hurdle

Updated: August 21, 2020 | 5:33 pm

DEP fines Sunoco again for drilling mud spills, but Mariner East pipeline opponents say penalties aren’t fixing the problem

Fines for 2018-2019 violations come less than two weeks after spill in Chester County
By Jon Hurdle

DEP urged to close ‘loopholes’ in new regulation on VOCs and methane

The public comment period, which closed Monday, included a group of 50 institutional investors with $4 trillion in assets who issued a statement in support of the rule.

By Jon Hurdle

Coronavirus cases at Limerick nuclear station raised concern. Pa. plants say they’re working to prevent outbreaks during refueling outages

After two workers test positive at Limerick, energy companies require social distancing and test workers for symptoms
By Jon Hurdle
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