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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


Worried by Ukraine war impacts, environmentalists petition feds to dump LNG by rail

Environmental groups are urging the Biden administration to reverse a Trump-era rule that allows rail shipments of liquified natural gas (LNG).

By Susan Phillips

Mariner East pipeline motivates activist’s Green Party run for Pa. governor

Christina Digiulio said she has no illusions about winning the governor’s race as a Green Party candidate. But she wants to raise the voice of people who she says have been harmed by “pay to pollute” corporations.

By Susan Phillips

People living near Mariner East pipeline say they see work continuing — even though company says construction is finished

The company says the ongoing work isn’t construction — but people who have experience with the pipeline don’t trust the company.

By Susan Phillips

Record-breaking offshore wind leases top $4 billion for coastal New Jersey and New York

The Biden Administration’s first offshore wind lease sales topped $4 billion for 488,000 acres, blowing away previous records and marking a shift in energy dollars toward renewables.

By Susan Phillips

Mariner East pipeline project is finished, after years of environmental damage, construction delays

The completion was welcomed by building trades looking to boost jobs, but dreaded by those living with an operating pipeline in their backyards.

By Susan Phillips

Geothermal energy lies right beneath our feet. Could Philadelphia tap into it?

Philadelphia’s decarbonization goals run right up against PGW, the gas utility it owns. Some say the solution lies below the city.

By Susan Phillips

Offshore wind energy lease sale in N.Y., N.J. touted as eventual jobs creator

The fishing industry says the Biden administration is fast-tracking offshore wind development on an industrial scale  at the expense of the environment and sustainable fisheries.

By Susan Phillips

Updated: February 17, 2022 | 12:41 pm

Mariner East pipeline is set to be completed in 2022, after years of environmental damage and delays

More than 120 environmental violations and $20M-plus in fines and assessments pushed the project more than two years past its original finish date.

By Susan Phillips

Mariner East builder Sunoco agrees to $4M settlement over Marsh Creek Lake spill

As part of the agreement with Pa. environmental regulators, Sunoco will be allowed to restart construction near Marsh Creek Lake State Park in Chester County.

By Susan Phillips

Updated: December 3, 2021 | 11:13 am

Philadelphia Gas Works emails show involvement in drafting bill that runs counter to climate goals

The bill, spearheaded by gas industry lobbyists and sponsored by state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), would block municipalities from limiting fossil fuel use and promoting electrification.

By Susan Phillips
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