Marie Cusick

As the Harrisburg reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania, Marie Cusick covers energy and environmental issues for public radio stations statewide. She’s also part of NPR’s energy and environment team, which coordinates coverage between the network and select member station reporters around the country. Her work frequently airs on NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Since 2012, Marie has closely followed the political, social, environmental, and economic effects of Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom. Her work has been recognized at the regional and national levels– honors include a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Previously, Marie was a multimedia reporter for WMHT in Albany, New York and covered technology for the station’s statewide public affairs TV show, New York NOW. In 2018, she became StateImpact’s first FAA-licensed drone pilot.

Latest by Marie Cusick

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, algae floats in the water at the Maumee Bay State Park marina in Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio.

Study: Climate change hinders summer fun on Lake Erie

In some cases, people waited until later in the day to go swimming, or reported having to head for deeper water to fish. Some people chose to leave the area entirely and not return.

By Marie Cusick

Ellen Gerhart has been battling with Sunoco Logistics over the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline on their property in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Mariner East 2 pipeline opponent jailed, fined for violating court order

Pipeline opponent Ellen Gerhart must pay $2,000 fine, and spend two-six months in jail.

By Marie Cusick

Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline construction in Lancaster County.

Construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline has faced myriad problems, including damaged water supplies and sinkholes in a residential neighborhood in Chester County.

DEP reaches settlement with environmental groups over Mariner East 2 pipeline

The agency is agreeing to do more to enhance public participation around pipeline projects
By Marie Cusick

FILE: A natural gas pipeline crosses the Tiadaghton State Forest.

Natural gas development in Pa. state forests has slowed significantly

A decline in drilling amid low natural gas prices, and a moratorium on leasing of state land, have put a damper on its development in forests.

By Marie Cusick

FILE PHOTO: Cheswick Generating Station in Springdale, Pa.

With policy change, nearly a third of Pennsylvanians live in ‘environmental justice’ areas

Applications for certain things in environmental justice areas — like landfills or coal mines — are on a “trigger permit list” and get more scrutiny from the state Department of Environmental Protection. 

By Marie Cusick

In the distance, construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline at Raystown Lake Recreation Area in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Mariner East 2 pipeline spill prompting underwater inspection, ‘no wake zone’ at Raystown Lake

Sunoco spilled 25-30 gallons of drilling fluid into Raystown Lake in December, and divers are now assessing impacts to the lake bottom.

By Marie Cusick

In the distance, construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline at Raystown Lake Recreation Area in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

The FERC building in Washington D.C.

FILE: A herd of Holstein cows on dairy farm in Pennsylvania.

Study: Climate change will stress corn production, dairy industry in southern Pennsylvania

Warmer temperatures are expected to extend the growing season of corn, but that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Lancaster County will likely have to shift planting dates and rely on irrigation to adapt.

By Marie Cusick