Susan Phillips | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Susan Phillips

Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. That same year she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." She received a 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with StateImpact. In 2013/14 she spent a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She has also been a Metcalf Fellow, an MBL Logan Science Journalism Fellow and reported from Marrakech on the 2016 climate talks as an International Reporting Project Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.

Latest by Susan Phillips


Updated: April 14, 2021 | 8:29 pm

PUC judge orders Sunoco to improve its public safety guidance, and pipeline safety, on Mariner East project

A judge found Sunoco in violation of rules around public safety communication, and ordered the company to bury some lines deeper. She did not halt operation of the lines.

By Susan Phillips

Neighbors and anglers cry foul over Sunoco’s pollution of Chester County trout stream

The discharge is not toxic, but it can hurt stream life. And people who live near the work site are fed up with a project one says moves ‘full steam ahead’ no matter the consequences.

By Susan Phillips

Updated: March 3, 2021 | 5:05 pm

Philadelphia, suburban towns sue state over moratorium on plastic bag bans

“We are finding local solutions to local problems, and this suit is important in declaring our right to do so on this and many other issues,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.

By Susan Phillips

Delaware River Basin Commission votes to ban fracking in the watershed

In voting to ban the practice, the four states that are part of the commission cited scientific evidence that fracking has polluted drinking water, surface water, and groundwater.

By Susan Phillips

U.S. Supreme Court to hear PennEast pipeline eminent domain case

PennEast wants the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling preventing the company from exercising eminent domain on NJ state lands.

By Susan Phillips

With Biden vow to rejoin Paris Agreement, cities and states look forward to federal partnership on climate

The Trump administration instituted an extraordinary number of rollbacks of environmental regulations over the past four years. It’s expected many will not survive in the Biden administration.

By Susan Phillips


Philadelphia aims to be carbon neutral by 2050

City’s mayor says he looks forward to collaborating with the Biden administration and its ‘more serious approach’ to climate change.

By Susan Phillips

Updated: December 9, 2020 | 1:36 pm

Fears for safety and climate surround LNG export terminal planned on the Delaware River

Plans call for liquefied natural gas to be shipped 200 miles south down the I-95 corridor by truck and/or rail through some of the most densely populated areas of the East Coast to a terminal in New Jersey — and that worries a lot of people.

By Susan Phillips

Dimock residents worry about planned fracking waste well

Plans for the deep injection well are in the early stages, but residents weary of water contamination are on edge.

By Susan Phillips
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