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Six years on, Butler County community still without water

A community in western Pennsylvania says families are entering their sixth year without clean water and they blame gas drilling. About 50 people living in the rural Butler County community known as The Woodlands, 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, continue to rely on donated water, according to Lee Dreyer, pastor of the White Oak Springs [...]

Trump ‘worst possible scenario’ for climate, says Penn State scientist

Dr. Michael E. Mann is a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University and one of the most vocal advocates for climate action within the scientific community. His latest book, with Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles, is called, “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy.” Mann recently [...]

Consultant’s report endorses safety of Mariner East 2; critics unmoved

Public debate over the safety of the proposed Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline was fueled with the publication of a consultant’s report endorsing Sunoco Logistics‘ plans on one section of the line in Chester County, while critics said the report failed to address what could happen if there was a leak. The report by [...]

Lancaster County pipeline opponents prepare for encampments

Anti-pipeline activists in Lancaster County are preparing to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience to block a proposed natural gas transmission line. The group Lancaster Against Pipelines is spearheading the effort. Activists have built two wooden structures near Conestoga, which they intend to occupy if and when crews begin work on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. Williams, [...]

Sen. Scott Wagner officially kicks off his campaign for governor

Republican State Senator Scott Wagner is the first person to throw his hat into the 2018 race for governor. He made the official announcement Wednesday at the York County headquarters of his trash hauling company. A conservative first-term senator and businessman, Wagner’s making it clear that he is running on a similar outsider platform as president-elect [...]

Protesters urge Senators to reject Trump nominees to environment posts

Some 200 people gathered in center city Philadelphia on Monday to urge Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators to reject President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for key environmental positions in his new administration. The demonstrators rallied in freezing weather outside Democratic Senator Bob Casey’s office before holding up traffic to march several blocks to the office of Republican Senator [...]

Town declarations highlight public-safety worries over Mariner East 2

Some communities in Philadelphia’s western suburbs are reflecting public concerns over the proposed Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline by issuing official statements saying that the $2.5 billion line could endanger public safety. Eight townships or boroughs along or close to the route in Delaware and Chester Counties have published resolutions or proclamations as [...]

Friends and foes of Constitution Pipeline await appeals court ruling

Nine months after heavily armed federal marshals patrolled a tree-cutting operation for the proposed Constitution Pipeline on a northeast Pennsylvania maple tree farm, the pipeline’s builders and its critics are awaiting a court ruling that may determine whether the project can proceed. The Williams Companies is appealing a decision by New York State that denied [...]

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s most read stories of 2016

A look back at the stories that got the most clicks in 2016. See you next year! 10. Construction begins on the Sunbury pipeline  In August UGI Energy Services broke ground on the Sunbury Pipeline, which is expected be in service in early 2017. It begins in Lycoming County and runs 35 miles to feed gas [...]

Judge blocks mining near stream in Greene County state park

Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board has temporarily blocked coal mining near a trout stream in Greene County’s Ryerson Station State Park after two environmental groups challenged the permit. The order, issued Friday by Judge Steven Beckman, prohibits Consol Energy from longwall mining within 500 feet of the park’s Kent Run stream, until the board can rule [...]

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