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.

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Cheryl LaFleur, former commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, received the Carnot Prize for distinguished contributions to energy policy from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ex-FERC commissioner says panel is losing focus on climate in light of Trump administration policy

Cheryl LaFleur fears regulator’s credibility is hurt by more party-line voting
By Jon Hurdle

A Mariner East pipeline valve site on the edge of the Andover development, Thornbury Township, Delaware County, illustrates the pipeline's path through densely-populated southeastern Pennsylvania.

Several Chester, Delaware county residents urge PUC judge to shut down Mariner East pipelines, citing fears of leak or explosion

Industry advocate calls hearings a ‘last-ditch effort’ to stop legally permitted project
By Jon Hurdle

On a tour of the energy facilities in Salem Township, Forbes Road Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Rosatti stops at a Mariner East 2 construction site. The Slickville Volunteer Fire Department would have jurisdiction over an incident here, but the Forbes Road department -- just six miles south -- would provide mutual aid, Rosatti said.

In court, seven people who live near Mariner East pipelines will urge a regulator to stop the project for good. It might be their last chance

Residents who assail Sunoco’s track record and its emergency plans are pitted against a company that admitted mistakes in construction yet says the project meets all state and federal requirements.

By Jon Hurdle

Heavy rains flood a trench where the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is being installed August 22, 2018 in Lebanon County.

New federal pipeline safety rules draw praise from industry, scorn from critics

Opponents of Mariner East say PHMSA standards are too little, too late
By Jon Hurdle

In this file photo, Mariner East 2 pipeline construction crews work in the backyards of homes on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, Chester County, on May 2, 2018 after sinkholes opened in the area. That caused one of the ME2 project's many delays.

Sunoco still needs DEP approvals to restart pipeline work at Lisa Drive, Chester County

Lifting of injunction at sinkhole site isn’t final green light for Mariner East
By Jon Hurdle

Ginny Kerslake, an anti-pipeline activist, urged Gov. Tom Wolf to halt construction of the Mariner East pipelines.
Updated: September 19, 2019 | 3:06 pm

Court ruling clears way for Mariner East construction to restart at West Whiteland

PUC will have to lift injunction that blocked work at Chester County site, lawyers say
By Jon Hurdle

Mariner East 2 pipeline construction crews work in the backyards of homes on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, Chester County, on May 2, 2018. Sinkholes that opened in the area prompted the state's Public Utility Commission to order that an existing pipeline nearby, the Mariner East 1, be shut down until it could be determined that the sinkholes didn't threaten its safety. PUC on May 3 approved a re-start of Mariner East 1.
Updated: August 28, 2019 | 4:59 pm

PUC’s review of pipeline safety regulation prompts attacks by residents, groups and lawmakers

Some argued for no added regulations, but most urged tighter curbs on the pipeline industry
By Jon Hurdle

Rosemary Fuller, an anti-pipeline activist, urged Gov. Tom Wolf to halt construction of the Mariner East pipelines.
Updated: August 26, 2019 | 10:08 am

Wolf tells pipeline activists he won’t shut down Mariner East

Gov. Tom Wolf met Chester County residents at a pipeline construction site. After one resident expressed concerns about pipeline safety, Wolf said, “I fully agree that we should do a better job but we disagree on whether we should keep doing this or not.”

By Jon Hurdle

Sunoco's Mariner East 2 pipeline construction on Pennell Road in Middletown Township. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

PUC ordered Sunoco to produce its calculations on Mariner East blast zones

Regulator demanded information on how local population would be affected by any pipeline failure
By Jon Hurdle

A sinkhole that opened up in January was surrounded by orange plastic fencing outside a suburban home at Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.

Chester County DA files charges against two Sunoco security guards

Hogan says constables overstepped their bounds when patrolling a suburban development
By Jon Hurdle
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