Scott Blanchard

Scott Blanchard became StateImpact Pennsylvania’s editor in November 2017. He had been enterprise editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record, where he led the newsroom’s investigative and projects reporting. The team produced investigations with statewide impact on subjects including domestic violence, gun laws and clergy abuse. Blanchard arrived in York in 2001 and helped lead national award-winning coverage of the 30-year-old York riots murders investigation. In years since, he has focused on narrative storytelling, ethics and training, with special emphasis on trauma journalism. He was a 2013 Ochberg Fellow, receiving training at Columbia University in PTSD science, self-help and peer support. He led a team that created a trauma awareness/peer-support program in Digital First Media in 2014. Under new owner Gannett, he helped and/or led trauma awareness and peer support training at newsrooms in York, Wilmington, Del., St. Cloud, Minn., Wausau, Wisc. and Milwaukee, Wisc. as well as at the Pennsylvania Newsmedia Association in Harrisburg. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors (2015-16). Blanchard grew up in Rockville, Md. and is a University of Missouri graduate.

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In this April 23, 2010 photo, a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site is seen near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County. So vast is the wealth of natural gas locked into dense rock deep beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio that some geologists estimate it's enough to supply the entire East Coast for 50 years. But freeing it requires a powerful drilling process called hydraulic fracturing or


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Denise McCarthy told a Department of Environmental Protection hearing that the Mariner East pipelines would endanger her grand nephew, Jack, whose picture she held up as she spoke. DEP held the public meeting in May to hear comment on Sunoco's proposed permit modifications in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.

Full Mariner East pipeline risk assessment report released

Quest Consultants studied 'hundreds of unique potential hazardous material release scenarios'
By Scott Blanchard

Construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline has faced myriad problems, including damaged water supplies and sinkholes in a residential neighborhood in Chester County.
Updated: October 16, 2018 | 12:56 pm

DEP awards water quality-related grants funded by $12.6M penalty against Sunoco

Money will go to efforts in 14 Pa. counties
By Scott Blanchard

Trees cut on a Susquehanna County property in March 2016 to make way for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. The company has said it will fight a FERC order upholding New York State's denial of a permit for the project.

‘energy, explained’ podcast: How one family lost the farm to a failed pipeline project

In the latest episode of “energy, explained,” the new podcast from StateImpact Pennsylvania, Megan Holleran tells her family’s story — complete with an unexpected twist — to StateImpact’s Susan Phillips.

By Susan Phillips and Scott Blanchard

StateImpact’s ‘energy, explained’ podcast: Episode 1 — A very controversial pipeline

Pennsylvania’s most polarizing pipeline brings the fracking boom through Philadelphia’s suburbs. The neighbors aren’t happy. We explain.

By Scott Blanchard

Introducing ‘energy, explained,’ a podcast from StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is kind of a big deal when it comes to energy. From fracking to coal to renewables to nuclear, the Keystone State has it all. A new podcast takes you behind the biggest stories.

By Scott Blanchard

Ellen Gerhart, fighting pipeline on family’s land, jailed for allegedly violating court order

Sunoco said the 63-year-old interfered with workers at the site, and should be held in contempt of court. Her daughter said the allegations are a form of retaliation.

By Scott Blanchard

Ask us: StateImpact Pennsylvania's answer map

Curious or concerned about an energy issue? Ask us — and see what we’ve already answered

A reader asked how first responders are supposed to know what to do if a pipeline leaks or ruptures. Another reader wondered whether companies have to take old unused lines out of the ground. StateImpact Pennsylvania reporters checked out both questions.

By Scott Blanchard
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