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Lancaster is among the first cities in the world to achieve the new LEED certification for cities.

Lancaster, Pa. among first cities in the world to get LEED certification

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, has been used to signify green buildings. The certification now includes cities focused on sustainability.

By Marie Cusick

In this photo made on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, a worker walks on top of a container of chemicals used in the making of a brine water that is then pumped below the surface in a hydraulic fracturing process to release natural gas from shale deposits at a gas well site in Zelienople, Pa.

Fracking industry water use rises as drills extend, study says

In the Marcellus Shale region, the increases were the smallest among six areas studied. Researchers expect water use to keep going up.

By Jon Hurdle

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, algae floats in the water at the Maumee Bay State Park marina in Lake Erie in Oregon, Ohio.

Study: Climate change hinders summer fun on Lake Erie

In some cases, people waited until later in the day to go swimming, or reported having to head for deeper water to fish. Some people chose to leave the area entirely and not return.

By Marie Cusick

Dolphins swim in the Shrewsbury River Wednesday, July 2, 2008, in Sea Bright, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A missing gene could make marine mammals more vulnerable to common pesticides

Organophosphates drain off farms and make their way to the ocean, where they could be harming sea creatures like whales, dolphins and manatees.

By Catalina Jaramillo

Early in the morning, Duquesne Light crews prepare their trucks for the day ahead installing new transformers, poles and auto-switches to reroute power around outages.

As more storms roll in, how will power companies keep the lights on?

Significant power outages have increased across the state. The Public Utility Commission warns that utilities might not be prepared to handle frequent severe weather.

By Amy Sisk

Construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline has faced myriad problems, including damaged water supplies and sinkholes in a residential neighborhood in Chester County.

DEP fines Sunoco for damaging drinking water in Berks, Chester and Lebanon counties in 2017

Construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline resulted in cloudy water for some; others lost use of their wells
By Susan Phillips

Ellen Gerhart has been battling with Sunoco Logistics over the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline on their property in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Mariner East 2 pipeline opponent jailed, fined for violating court order

Pipeline opponent Ellen Gerhart must pay $2,000 fine, and spend two-six months in jail.

By Marie Cusick

Archaeology students from West Virginia University at a dig near a shale gas site in Marianna, Pa.

Family’s fight with driller illustrates legal loophole that exposes Native American, historical sites

Companies don’t have to check for archaeological importance before starting work. And even if a site does have historic significance, the law requires no action. “You could bulldoze it away if you wanted to,” one archaeologist said.

By Reid Frazier

An abandoned well from the early 1900's spews oil into the Tamarack Swamp.

FILE: A natural gas pipeline crosses the Tiadaghton State Forest.

Natural gas development in Pa. state forests has slowed significantly

A decline in drilling amid low natural gas prices, and a moratorium on leasing of state land, have put a damper on its development in forests.

By Marie Cusick