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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Protesters blocked pipeline construction equipment on the property of The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an order of Catholic nuns, in Lancaster County last year.

Trespass charges dropped against Atlantic Sunrise pipeline protesters

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s office agreed not to pursue charges if the seven defendants performed community service.

By Jon Hurdle

In this July 27, 2011 photo, the sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. In 2018, Range paid the highest impact fee of any driller in Pennsylvania.
Updated: June 27, 2019 | 6:56 pm

Gas impact fee revenue rises to 7-year high, boosted by stripper wells

More than half of 2018 total will be paid to counties and municipalities to offset effects of gas drilling
By Jon Hurdle

Larry Niles (right) and volunteers weigh, measure and tag red knots at Reeds Beach, Cape May County, before releasing them.

With bird populations at stake, naturalists renew calls to halt horseshoe crab harvest in Delaware Bay

Despite a New Jersey moratorium, quota system has failed to restore numbers of migratory shorebirds, advocates say.

By Jon Hurdle

This 2010 file photo shows Dominion Resources Cove Point terminal in Maryland. It is has been converted from a gas import facility to an export terminal to ship Marcellus Shale gas to Japan and India.

Energy Transfer, the parent company of Mariner East 2 pipeline builder, Sunoco, works at Snitz Creek in West Cornwall Township, Lebanon County after a drilling mud spill during the summer.
Updated: June 15, 2019 | 4:24 pm

PUC launches review of safety regulations on hazardous liquids pipelines 

The commission didn’t name specific projects. But it has come under criticism from people who say it hasn’t done enough to ensure the safety of the Mariner East project, which is transporting highly volatile natural gas liquids across the state.

By Jon Hurdle

In this file photo, people at a community meeting in Abington, Pa. on April 15, 2019 got an update of where the state will test drinking water for levels of the toxic family of chemicals known as PFAS.

DEP accused of ‘foot-dragging’ on 2-year-old request to regulate PFAS chemical

Environmental group asks appeals court to order DEP to set health standard
By Jon Hurdle

A tributary of Cedar Creek in Allentown that is part of the Delaware Watershed.

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo weeds engulf a playground at housing section of the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster in Warminster, Pa. In Warminster and surrounding towns in eastern Pennsylvania, and at other sites around the United States, the foams once used routinely in firefighting training at military bases contained per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. EPA testing between 2013 and 2015 found significant amounts of PFAS in public water supplies in 33 U.S. states.
Updated: May 6, 2019 | 4:12 pm

PFAS chemicals have contaminated 17 sites in Pennsylvania, data shows

Mapping of public data shows PFAS-contaminated sites exist across the country
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.
Updated: April 30, 2019 | 11:48 am

Sunoco buys two homes at Chester County site of Mariner East 2-related sinkhole

State and county documents show company paid $400,000 each for properties
By Jon Hurdle

Crews work at the site of a sinkhole along the Mariner East pipeline route near the Pennsylvania State Police barracks on Route 1 in Delaware County on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Pipeline builder said there were no leaks and no pipelines were exposed.
Updated: April 25, 2019 | 2:54 pm

Sinkhole opens up along ME2 route in Delaware County; no leaks or injuries

Sunoco says hole has been filled and pipeline operations continue
By Jon Hurdle
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