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 travelled 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 Bradford County drilling rig.

Study: Bradford County water quality improving despite shale gas drilling

Penn State research showed that decreased water quality near natural gas drilling sites is rare. Of the 1,385 gas wells examined, water contamination was found close to just seven drilling operations. Groundwater close to the other sites either improved or remained the same.

By Susan Phillips

Mariner East 2 pipeline construction crews work in the backyards of homes on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, Chester County, on May 2. Sinkholes that opened in the area prompted the state's Public Utility Commission to order that an existing pipeline nearby, the Mariner East 1, be shut down until it could be determined that the sinkholes didn't threaten its safety. PUC on May 3 approved a re-start of Mariner East 1.
Updated: June 14, 2018 | 4:40 pm

PUC keeps lid on Mariner East 2 work, but allows ME1 to re-start

The commission modified an order by an administrative law judge that had stopped work on ME2 and shut down ME1. It wants more information before deciding whether construction on ME2 can resume.

By Susan Phillips

A gas drill rig near Montrose.

Court rejects fracking company’s appeal in “rule of capture” decision

In a case that could have national implications for gas drillers, a Pennsylvania court has sided with landowners. Gas driller will appeal to the Supreme Court.

By Susan Phillips

Great egrets at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia.

Spring birdsong could change with a changing climate

Insects and plants emerge in the spring based on temperature. But birds start to fly north based on the change in the amount of daylight. It’s a disconnect that threatens hundreds of species across North America.

By Susan Phillips

Tree clearing for construction of the Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline at  site in Delaware County.

Workers and contractors for Sunoco Pipeline begin an 'additional investigation' of geological conditions behind homes at Lisa Drive, West Whiteland Township, Chester County where the company has been drilling for construction of the Mariner East 2 and 2X pipelines.

State Sen. Art Haywood, D-Philadelphia, listens to his constituents lobby him about renewable energy proposals.

A backhoe clears land for construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline in Delaware County in early 2017.

Refinery workers at Philadelphia Energy Solutions wait to hear Republican Senator Ted Cruz speak at a rally against the Renewable Fuel Standards. The company has blames the program for its financial troubles in its bankruptcy filing.

Scallops for sale at the Fisherman's Coop in Point Pleasant, NJ. Scientists say even small oil leaks, or chemical spills from offshore drilling could impact the fishery.
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