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


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

FILE PHOTO: The denuded slopes of Massif de la Selle mountain range in Haiti above Jacmel, are seen Thursday June 5, 2003. Once covered with pine, cedar and juniper trees, the slopes are on their way to complete deforestation as farmers cut down trees and plant vegetables in the fragile topsoil.

Pa. researcher helps document deforestation, mass extinction in Haiti

New research from a Temple University scientist shows Haiti is closer to losing its rich biodiversity than almost any other country in the world.

By Marie Cusick


Pennsylvania is joining with eight other states and the District of Columbia to combat emissions from vehicles.

Pennsylvania joins regional effort to cut emissions from vehicles

The coalition is Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

By Marie Cusick

The Bruce Mansfield Power Plant burns coal to generate electricity in Beaver County.

Gov. Wolf on climate change: ‘We are having real problems’

Governor Tom Wolf said climate change is, “one of the big issues we have to deal with.”

By Marie Cusick

Cow bird at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Cow bird numbers have increased due to a warming climate.

Pennsylvania’s top fiscal watchdog to look at state response to climate change

Climate-related risks to Pennsylvanians include frequent extreme weather events, injury and death from those extreme weather events, threats to human health through air pollution, diminished water quality, and heat stress.

By Marie Cusick

An aerial view of Mariner East 2 pipeline construction, adjacent to the Fairview Golf Course in Lebanon County August 24, 2018.

Mariner East pipelines: Judge reviews request for immediate shutdown

An administrative law judge for the state Public Utility Commission heard a second day of testimony Friday on whether to continue to allow operation of the controversial Mariner East pipelines while she reviews a request that the lines be permanently shut down. Several residents say Sunoco’s public awareness plan in the event of a leak is inadequate.

By Marie Cusick

Exelon's Three Mile Island plant is scheduled to prematurely close in September 2019. The company has been lobbying for help from the state to keep it open.

Pennsylvania nuclear plants could be saved, report says, if lawmakers act

A new legislative report, almost two years in the making, calls on Pennsylvania lawmakers to take steps that could prevent the early closure of two nuclear plants. Critics say bailing out struggling plants is the wrong move.

By Marie Cusick

This photo taken May 5, 2014 shows the stacks of the Homer City Generating Station in Homer City, Pa. Three years ago, the operators of one of the nation’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants warned of “immediate and devastating” consequences from the Obama administration’s push to clean up pollution from coal. Faced with cutting sulfur dioxide pollution blowing into downwind states by 80 percent in less than a year, lawyers for EME Homer City Generation L.P. sued the Environmental Protection Agency to block the rule, saying it would cause a painful spike in electricity bills and grave harm to power producers like itself.

Climate petition calls on Pennsylvania to cut emissions through cap-and-trade system

Dozens of groups including environmental organizations, legal scholars, churches, and local governments argue Pennsylvania has the legal authority and constitutional duty to act on climate change.

By Marie Cusick

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