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


A fire burns at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery hours after a series of early morning explosions at the 150-year-old industrial complex at 3100 W. Passyunk Ave.

Philadelphia proposes banning hydrofluoric acid, a toxic chemical released in refinery explosion

The proposal stems from last summer’s explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia.
By Susan Phillips

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2019-20 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
Updated: February 5, 2020 | 9:02 am

Gov. Wolf’s budget proposes boosting staff at Pa.’s departments of environmental protection, and conservation and natural resources

In annual budget address, Wolf talked about need for pipeline reform
By Susan Phillips

Philadelphia Energy Solutions' refinery.

Mark Clatterbuck stands in front of a quilt designed to protest the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline.

Magistrate finds pipeline opponents guilty in trespass case that exposes tensions between residents and pipeline construction

The Clatterbucks say it's an example of intimidation by security guards hired by Energy Transfer
By Susan Phillips

Detailed view on the newly installed system to filter out PFAS Forever Chemicals at Well #2 of the Horsham Water and Sewer Authority facility in Horsham, Pa., on August 22, 2019.

PFAS chemicals detected in water supplies nationwide

In Philadelphia, the survey found two of the most commonly researched PFAS chemicals at levels far below the EPA’s recommended limit.
By Susan Phillips

A Range Resources well site in Washington County in 2018.
Updated: January 13, 2020 | 9:08 pm

DEP orders Range Resources to clean up its act on well that had garnered a then-record $8.9 million fine

DEP quietly withdrew the fine for faulty drilling after the company promised to fix the problems.
By Susan Phillips

The dredger named the

This active drill site on state forest land in Tioga County will tap the Utica Shale formation, Oct. 2019.

Natural gas production headed for a slow-down in 2020

Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia accounted for one third of the country's shale gas production in 2019.
By Susan Phillips

Malinda Clatterbuck is arrested by Uwchlan Township police.

Arrests near Mariner East pipeline in Chester County just latest incident of intimidation, witnesses say

Lancaster County couple arrested; charges include trespassing
By Susan Phillips

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: December 3, 2019 | 4:30 pm

Chester County DA charges Energy Transfer security manager, others in scheme to use constables for Mariner East pipeline security

Those charged include employees from the international security firm TigerSwan.
By Susan Phillips
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