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A sinkhole on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, Chester County revealed part of the Mariner East 1 pipeline on Sunday Jan. 20.

Mariner East pipelines: New sinkhole opens at Chester County site; Sunoco shuts line

Sinkholes in early 2018 exposed a section of Mariner East 1, prompting a Public Utility Commission administrative law judge to shut down the pipe and halt construction of two new lines, citing an “imminent risk” to the public. 

By Jon Hurdle

US Steel's Clairton Coke Works

Pittsburgh-area legislators want hearing on Clairton Coke Works

They’re concerned about how much time went by between the fire that damaged pollution controls and a public notice about high pollution levels.

By Reid Frazier

The Delaware River on the Pennsylvania side at the Delaware Water Gap.

‘Reviving the River’ series: Which streams in the Delaware Watershed are too dirty for swimming and fishing?

The WHYY series explores the death and rebirth of the Delaware River, chronicling how it transformed from a ‘stinky ugly mess to a year-round attraction.’

By Evan Bowen-Gaddy, WHYY

US Steel's Clairton Coke Works.

Students report problems breathing after US Steel fire

Fire damaged pollution controls
By Reid Frazier

People packed a room for a public hearing on fracking in Franklin Park, Pa. on Monday, Jan. 14.
Updated: January 15, 2019 | 10:01 am

Pittsburgh suburb is deciding whether to allow fracking beneath local park

It’s a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to one resident. To others, health concerns override any potential upside.

By Reid Frazier

A water withdrawal pool in Bradford County.

‘energy, explained’ podcast: What responsible reporting on scientific research looks like

Learning how journalists report on scientific research can help readers or listeners assess the credibility of what they read and hear.

By Amy Sisk

This photo taken on July 11, 2012, shows the Marcus Hook Refinery in Marcus Hook, Pa. The facility, which is owned and operated by Sunoco Logistics, is an international hub for natural gas liquids–propane, ethane, and butane–from the Marcellus Shale region of Western Pennsylvania. Sunoco Logistics is spending roughly $2.5 billion on the Mariner East projects, which will connect the western part of the state to the port at Marcus Hook.
Updated: January 10, 2019 | 5:18 pm

Judges say DEP unlawfully issued air-quality permits to Sunoco at Marcus Hook

Agency must review the permits, but ruling has 'no immediate effect' otherwise, environmental group says
By Jon Hurdle

US Steel's Clairton Coke Works.

Residents near Pittsburgh issued air warning because of pollution from US Steel plant

A fire at the plant damaged pollution control equipment, causing spikes in sulfur dioxide levels
By Reid Frazier

A Peoples Gas vehicle is equipped with an advanced leak detection system to find places where methane is escaping from pipelines.

Gov. Tom Wolf announces targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.
Updated: January 8, 2019 | 8:11 pm

Wolf sets goal for Pa. to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Asked about petrochemical industry emissions, the governor said he thinks Pennsylvania can have energy efficiency, environmental protection and a good economy.

By Amy Sisk