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DEP fines Kinder Morgan for Philadelphia storage tank violations

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined Kinder Morgan $745,000 for violations at the company’s two Philadelphia liquid storage facilities. The bulk of that fine, $570,000, stems from a spill of about 8,000 gallons of fuel grade ethanol from an above ground storage tank at the Kinder Morgan Liquids Terminal along the Delaware river in [...]

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s most read stories of 2015

A look back at the stories that got the most clicks from our online readers in 2015: See you next year!   10. Marcellus Shale production numbers break another record In the past few years Marcellus production numbers have kept breaking records, until this year, when things started to stall a bit, as companies cut [...]

Ten stories from 2015 worth hearing again

As the year winds down, we’re taking a look back at some of StateImpact Pennsylvania’s best radio reporting. From a shifting power grid, to a pipeline building boom, and the ongoing state budget battle, we covered a lot of ground on the airwaves in 2015. Take another listen: POWER GRID In a power shift, gas [...]

Climate Change: The good news for Philadelphia

If the oceans rise as predicted, huge swaths of Boston, New York and Miami will be under water by the end of this century. Compared to those cities, Philadelphia’s future looks great. It’s a good 60 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. That’s good news for most residents. And some say the city could take advantage [...]

New Lackawanna County natural gas plant one step closer to approval

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approved the air quality permit for a proposed natural gas power plant in Jessup, Lackawanna County. If built, the plant will be one of the largest natural gas power plants in the state. Chicago based Invenergy, parent company of Lackawanna Energy Center, wants to build a 1500-megawatt plant that will [...]

Royalty advocates applaud Chesapeake lawsuit, seek more legal protections

Pennsylvania landowners who say they’ve been cheated out of royalty money by gas driller Chesapeake Energy are pleased with a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Katheleen Kane’s office, but still seek more legal protections. Oklahoma-based Chesapeake has been accused of underpaying royalty money in Pennsylvania and in several other states. Earlier this month Kane’s office filed a [...]

Pipeline projects need better PR, says panel

The people who sit on Governor Tom Wolf’s pipeline infrastructure task force don’t agree on much, but there’s broad consensus on one thing–everyone could do a better job on public relations. The group is made up of representatives from industry, government, academia and environmental groups. Over the past few months, they’ve put together a draft [...]

Study: smallmouth bass harmed by endocrine disruptors, pathogens, and parasites

State environmental regulators say they’re getting closer to solving the curious case of death and disease among smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River. On Monday researchers with the Department of Environmental Protection released a study, which zeroed in on likely causes: endocrine-disrupting compounds and herbicides, as well as pathogens and parasites. “This study isn’t to find a single [...]

Petitioners press Penn State for more action on climate change

As world leaders meet in Paris this week to forge an agreement on combating climate change, faculty members at Penn State are urging the university to do more to address the issue. Dozens of professors and staff have signed an online petition that has also attracted more than 7,000 signatures from people across the state, nation, [...]

Report: Climate change brings hotter summers, wetter winters to Philadelphia

While almost 200 nations gather in Paris to hammer out an agreement to cut carbon dioxide emissions, Philadelphia released its own report on how the city needs to adapt to rising seas and a warming Earth. Climate change will continue to bring hotter summers and wetter winters with more severe storms to the Delaware Valley. Much [...]

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