Rachel McDevitt | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Rachel McDevitt

Rachel McDevitt is a reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

Rachel joined WITF in 2017 as the host of Fresh Air and All Things Considered. She previously reported for WITF’s Radio Pennsylvania Network, where her work earned the National Association of State Radio Network’s award for best feature two years in a row. The western Pennsylvania native started her journalism career with the CBS affiliate in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Rachel is a graduate of Temple University.

Latest by Rachel McDevitt


Latest Mariner East violation in Lebanon County could draw penalties against Sunoco

State environmental regulators plan to meet with Sunoco over violations with its Mariner East pipeline. The latest was another involving Snitz Creek.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvanians want a lot from their lawmakers when it comes to climate change

Polls show about 70% of Pennsylvanians want their state lawmakers to do more to address climate change. StateImpact Pennsylvania asked you for examples.

By Rachel McDevitt

Climate change could shift Pennsylvania’s wildfire season

Most of the state’s fires are small and are extinguished quickly.

By Rachel McDevitt

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline company pays $700,000 for construction violations

The violations included failure to properly maintain erosion and sedimentation best management practices, drilling fluid spills, and sediment discharge into waterways.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. utility regulator says Sunoco must do more to share safety information on Mariner East project in Cumberland County

The order requires Sunoco to schedule a public awareness meeting and pay a $1,000 fine.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: September 24, 2020 | 4:53 pm

Wolf vetoes bill that would keep Pennsylvania out of RGGI

Wolf said letting the bill become law would “effectively deny that climate change is an urgent problem that demands prudent solutions.”

By Rachel McDevitt

What do you want elected officials to do about climate change?

Polls show about 70% of Pennsylvanians want the legislature to do more to address climate change. StateImpact wants to know what type of action voters are looking for.

By Rachel McDevitt

Oversight board’s approval starts next phase of Pennsylvania’s contested attempt to join regional cap-and-trade program

The board’s vote opens the next phase in the lengthy regulatory process.

By Rachel McDevitt

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania hits record high

Unconventional drillers extracted 6.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas last year, a more than 10 percent increase from 2018.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: September 15, 2020 | 1:55 pm

RGGI, behind the rhetoric: What we know about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Environmental Quality Board voted Tuesday to approve a draft regulation that would have Pennsylvania join RGGI. It next goes up for public comment.

By Rachel McDevitt
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