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


Three Mile Island power plant.

Rep. Thomas Mehaffie (R- Dauphin) unveils a bill aimed a preventing the early closure of two of Pennsylvania's five nuclear power plants.

Rep. Mehaffie talks up his nuclear bailout bill; opponents line up to trash it

Dauphin County Republican puts the price tag of his nuclear bailout at $500 million annually, arguing that’s cheaper than doing nothing.

By Marie Cusick

Dauphin County's Three Mile Island

Cooling towers at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown.

Unsolicited, PUC commissioner sends legislators a breakdown of nuclear bailout options

In Andrew Place's analysis, Three Mile Island would close under most scenarios
By Marie Cusick

Read a draft of Pennsylvania’s nuclear bailout bill

Draft legislation aimed at helping Pennsylvania’s ailing nuclear industry would reclassify the plants as “zero emission energy” and create new requirements for how electric companies are to purchase power.

By Marie Cusick

Patrick Whittaker of Solar States installs solar panels on the roof of a home in Bryn Mawr.

Solar jobs grow in Pennsylvania while declining nationally

Pennsylvania had 4,219 solar jobs in 2018 — a 10 percent increase over the previous year, the report found.

By Marie Cusick

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.

Lawmakers seek support for nuclear bailout bill

The memo is a first step toward introducing legislation to bail out Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, and provides the first look at what a proposal might contain.

By Marie Cusick

Scientists have been studying the link between climate change and extreme weather events such as Hurricane Sandy, shown here in a NASA image, which left more than 1.3 million Pennsylvanians in the dark in 2012.

After some awkward moments, kids dressed as the Lorax got to meet Gov. Wolf — and make their point

Wolf staffers initially said he was busy, but the children saw him walking into his office and pressured him to meet.

By Marie Cusick

The Mariner East 2 pipeline has officially broken ground in the Delaware County town of Aston. The beginning stages of the pipeline includes clear cutting trees and preparing makeshift roads for the heavy machinery to traverse.

Federal government shutdown slows process for construction permits in Pa.

Day-to-day inspections have not been affected by the shutdown yet, because the state already has delegated authority from the federal government over many aspects of environmental enforcement.

By Marie Cusick

A natural gas well in Susquehanna County.

Following court ruling, drillers must pay millions in outstanding impact fees

Pennsylvania’s impact fees are collected annually from natural gas drillers — but certain low-producing wells, known as stripper wells, are exempt.

By Marie Cusick
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