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


Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery demolition to take four years, new owner Hilco says

After a video call with the company that’s redeveloping the PES site, some members of an environmental justice group said they still had questions.

By Susan Phillips

Forecasters expect a busy 2021 Atlantic hurricane season

While 2021 is expected to be above average, forecasters say it won’t be as bad as 2020.

By Susan Phillips

Mariner East pipeline construction leaves hundreds without drinking water in Delaware County

Pipeline construction has been disrupting residents’ lives since November, according to the management at Glen Riddle Station apartments in Media.

By Susan Phillips

As Philadelphia works to tackle climate change, a question emerges: Is PGW on board?

Philadelphia Gas Works — the largest publicly owned gas utility in the country — has a role in utility trade organizations that are working against efforts to transform fossil fuel providers.

By Susan Phillips

Cancer-causing benzene continues to flow from PES refinery complex in Philadelphia

Some levels are higher than what the EPA deems actionable. An agency spokesperson and the Philly health department say the levels don’t indicate health impacts for nearby neighborhoods. But the director of Global Public Health and the Common Good at Boston College said any exposure increases risk.

By Susan Phillips

SCOTUS hears arguments in eminent domain case involving PennEast pipeline project

New Jersey wants to block the project, saying the constitution bars the private company from seizing state-controlled land through eminent domain.

By Susan Phillips

Chester County reaches consent decree for oversight of Mariner East pipeline builder

The novel use of the Pennsylvania Clean Streams law allows the county to now hold Energy Transfer accountable independent of DEP and the PUC.

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
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