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


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. 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

Sunoco's Boot Road station, site of what the company called a 'backfire on a flare stack' Aug. 5 that residents said sounded like an explosion.
Updated: August 9, 2019 | 7:59 am

Pipeline experts say vapor buildup likely led to explosion at Chester County pump station

It looks like pilot light ignited excess hydrocarbons when it was re-lit, experts say
By Jon Hurdle

Sunoco's Boot Road station, site of what the company called a 'backfire on a flare stack' Aug. 5 that residents said sounded like an explosion.
Updated: August 6, 2019 | 5:11 pm

Sunoco says Mariner East 2 system ‘backfired’ during maintenance but no risk to public

Resident reports loud explosion; company says no liquids leaked from line
By Jon Hurdle

The Andover estate in Thornbury Township, Delaware County, along the route of the Mariner East 2 pipeline which began operating on Dec. 29. A valve site for the pipeline is in the center of the picture.

Delaware County pipeline foe thought he’d get PUC information on Mariner East risk. But now he’ll have to fight for it in court

The state’s open records office ruled some documents related to a ‘blast radius’ or ‘buffer zone’ should be public. But the Public Utility Commission is asking Commonwealth Court to agree that the data should stay private.

By Jon Hurdle

Mariner East 2 pipeline construction in Delaware County. The project spans multiple counties, including neighboring Chester and Berks.

Landowner sues Sunoco, saying horizontal drilling for Mariner East contaminated his water well

Soil disturbance caused e. coli to leak into water supply, resulting in illness, lawsuit says
By Jon Hurdle

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
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