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


The proposed PennEast pipeline would pass through the fields of the Christman farm, seen from the intersection of Station Street and Pohopoco Drive in Lehighton.

FERC sued over PennEast approval after denying rehearing requests

Environmental groups say regulator failed to consider climate impacts and need for pipeline
By Jon Hurdle

The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.

EPA urged to set national standards to protect public health from PFAS chemicals

The agency held a public event north of Philadelphia in a community where elevated levels of the toxic chemical have been found. Several people said the federal government needs to take more action than it has so far.

By Jon Hurdle

Fishermen share a caught catfish at Pier 60 on the Delaware waterfront, near Tasker Street, in South Philadelphia, PA, on May 12, 2018. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for WHYY)
Updated: July 21, 2018 | 8:41 am

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

State scientists recommend health limits for 12 species
By Jon Hurdle

The Mariner East 1 natural gas liquids pipeline has been exposed in a creek near a housing development in Uwchlan Township, Chester County.
Updated: July 20, 2018 | 1:48 pm

Sunoco: Exposed pipe in Uwchlan Township is inactive, not Mariner East 1

A township supervisor said Thursday that a township engineer had confirmed the line was part of Mariner East 1. But Sunoco said today that the line was taken out of service in 2015.

By Jon Hurdle

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

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

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

An environmental cleanup crew works to remove fuel from a spill in Darby Creek in Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania, near the Philadelphia International Airport.

Sunoco’s stand-in ME2 line leaked gasoline at Darby Creek, pipeline map indicates

Mapping data and Sunoco’s statements point to a 12-inch pipeline that would allow the company to fulfill customers’ orders for natural gas liquids while construction of the long-delayed Mariner East 2 pipeline is being completed.

By Jon Hurdle

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, under scrutiny for lavish spending and alleged ethics violations, resigned on Thursday, July 5.
Updated: July 5, 2018 | 7:57 pm

Scott Pruitt’s resignation welcomed by lawmakers from both parties

Environmentalists called Pruitt a ‘disgrace’ who favored industry while enriching himself as the EPA’s administrator. A union leader representing EPA workers in Philadelphia said he hopes the change brings ‘normalcy’ and helps restore America’s confidence in the agency.

By Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips
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