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 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

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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

An LNG tanker in Tokyo Bay unloads its cargo at a regasification plant at the Port of Yokohama, Japan.

America’s shale gas ‘revolution’ has led to exports that span the globe — and helped solve Japan’s energy needs after a nuclear disaster

Drilling of the Marcellus and Utica shale created a glut of natural gas and drove down prices. Now, new pipelines and export terminals are aiding overseas sales.

By Susan Phillips

Refinery fire in South Philadelphia Friday January 21, 2019.
Updated: October 16, 2019 | 5:53 pm

Chemical Safety Board says PES refinery explosion ‘did not have to happen’

The report by the Chemical Safety Board shows for the first time that some amount of the dangerous hydrofluoric acid was released to the atmosphere
By Susan Phillips

Birds in the Delaware River watershed, like this great horned owl, are losing ground because of climate change impacts on habitat and food supply. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Changing climate means Pennsylvania and New Jersey state birds could disappear from the region

A new report by the National Audubon Society says Pennsylvania's state bird the ruffed grouse and New Jersey's American goldfinch could disappear from the state.
By Susan Phillips

A man waves for a tow truck after getting swamped trying to cross a flooded section of the Cobbs Creek Parkway, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Cobbs Creek and Darby Creek merge in the Eastwick section of Philadelphia where flooding is expected to get worse due to rising sea levels.

Gov. Wolf plans to have Pennsylvania join a regional effort to cut carbon emissions

Wolf bypassed legislature with executive order that starts process to join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
By Susan Phillips

Philadelphia firefighters gather at the entrance to Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery, while a large flare burns off fuel to prevent it from feeding the massive fire at the refinery.
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