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How one Philadelphia neighborhood battles rising tides

Joining dozens of communities across the country Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Wednesday he has committed the city to a goal of 100 percent clean energy. It’s part of a growing effort by cities and states to reduce their carbon footprint in the wake of President Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark [...]

Sunoco seeks injunction against anti-pipeline family and supporters in Huntingdon County

Sunoco Pipeline has asked a Huntingdon County judge to order a family protesting the Mariner East 2 pipeline, and their supporters, to refrain from obstructing pipeline construction or face arrest. It’s the latest legal maneuver in a stand-off that has pitted the pipeline company against the Gerhart family. The company is now a subsidiary of [...]

Wolf weighs bill to block municipal plastic bag bans

Pennsylvania moved closer to preventing its cities and towns taxing or banning plastic shopping bags when state lawmakers narrowly approved a bill that’s designed to protect jobs in the plastic bag industry. The state Senate on Wednesday approved the bill despite opposition from some lawmakers in both parties, from environmentalists, and from defenders of cities’ [...]

Fire fighting foam contamination sites clustered along Delaware River

A national mapping project detailing tap water contaminated with toxic chemicals used in fire fighting foams and nonstick frying pans shows a large number of those public water systems along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Researchers at Northeastern University and the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) based their map on federal drinking [...]

PA DEP approved 11th underground injection well for oil and gas waste

Pennsylvania officials approved the latest underground injection well to hold wastewater from oil and gas drilling operations.  The move renews concerns about whether nearby residents will have their drinking water contaminated or if it will increase seismic activity. The Department of Environmental Protection said last week that it had approved a plan by Sammy-Mar, the [...]

Suburban Philadelphia Republicans break with Trump over Paris Accords

President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the landmark global climate agreement is for the most part supported by Republican lawmakers. But a look at the Philadelphia suburbs, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton beat President Trump in the four surrounding counties, shows GOP congressmen not in lock step with the President over [...]

Battle over Delaware River water supplies worries conservationists

Update: On Thursday June 1, New York City Department of Environmental Protection agreed to voluntarily release water based on last year’s “Flexible Flow Management Plan,” which will continue to provide trout streams with sufficient cold water and provide flood mitigation. The upper part of the Delaware River hosts some of the world’s best trout fishing [...]

Exelon to prematurely close Three Mile Island nuclear power plant

Exelon has announced it will prematurely close the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in September 2019—15 years before its license expires. The plant’s been unable to compete. Like coal companies, the nuclear power industry faces slowing demand for electricity, along with a glut of cheaper natural gas and renewables. Around the country, five nuclear plants have [...]

Friends and foes of gas industry converge on state Capitol

Two starkly different versions of reality were on display Wednesday morning at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Inside the building, a joint hearing by Republicans from the Senate Majority Policy Committee and Environmental Resources and Energy Committee examined the economic benefits natural gas production has brought Pennsylvania– with skyrocketing production, tens of thousands of new jobs, [...]

Sunoco’s pipeline construction releases drilling mud into Delco Creek

Pipeline construction of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 has caused three separate releases of drilling mud in May, with two incidents resulting in a combined total of 575 gallons of bentonite clay entering Chester Creek in Brookhaven, Delaware County, according to Sunoco Pipeline spokesman Jeff Shields. Bentonite is a non-toxic substance commonly used as a lubricant [...]

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