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


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Study: Methane emissions cancel near-term climate benefits of natural gas

Natural has been hailed as a cleaner-burning fuel that’s better than coal, but researchers find methane leaks are doubling the climate footprint of gas

By Marie Cusick

Demand for natural gas from wells like this in Zelionople, Pa. will exceed that for other fossil fuels in coming years, the IEA said.

Pennsylvania’s gas impact fees rise to $209 million this year

Money goes to local governments, but there is little oversight of how it's spent
By Marie Cusick

The new law will help commercial property owners finance the upfront costs of installing clean energy upgrades, such as new solar panels.

FILE PHOTO: Shell flared off natural gas for three months in 2012, to alleviate subsurface pressure in Union Township, Tioga County, where one of its drilling sites got too close to an abandoned well

Wolf administration, two years after climate pledge: ‘no specific timeline’ on methane regulations

New requirements for oil and gas industry don't affect thousands of existing wells
By Marie Cusick

A fisherman along the banks of the Susquehanna River. Two senior state environmental officials say there is no link between gas drilling and problems with the river's smallmouth bass population.

Virus linked to smallmouth bass deaths in Susquehanna

Illness seen as a key piece of the puzzle in population decline
By Marie Cusick

In a House committee meeting, the subject of how Pennsylvania manages its regulations was front and center.

House passes bill removing environmental standards for conventional drillers

No movement on companion Senate bill; Gov. Wolf opposes the effort
By Marie Cusick

Exelon says it will close Three Mile Island's Unit One reactor in September 2019.

Three Mile Island’s future looks bleaker as it fails at power auction

The nuclear industry has struggled amid slowing demand for electricity and competition from natural gas and renewable energy.

By Marie Cusick

A wellpad in the Loyalsock State Forest.

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FILE PHOTO: Gov. Tom Wolf aide, Yesenia Bane, speaking on a panel discussion at the Marcellus Shale Coalition's annual conference in Pittsburgh in September 2016.
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