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Mariner East 2 update: Chainsaws return, along with a tree-sitter

A pipeline opponent in Huntingdon County has taken to the trees for the second time in a week. Elise Gerhart says she heard the sound of chainsaws buzzing on her family’s land this morning and was surprised to find Sunoco work crews cutting down trees after a March 31 deadline aimed at protecting the endangered [...]

Public health campaigners renew call for fracking health registry

Updating with comment from Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project Pennsylvania public health campaigners have issued a new call for the establishment of a statewide registry of health complaints that could be related to oil and gas development. Such a registry would help doctors and nurses identify patterns of health complaints by people living near sites [...]

Property owner faces charges for protesting Mariner East pipeline

Three people, including the property owner, face charges related to protesting Sunoco’s tree-clearing activities in Huntingdon County last week. The three will appear in Huntingdon County Court of Common Pleas next month.* Ellen Gerhart was arrested while workers were cutting trees on her property to prepare for construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. Gerhart, [...]

Pipeline protesters arrested, tree-occupation stretches into third day

A pair of protesters remained in trees Thursday as a deadline neared for clearing a path for a $2.5-billion natural gas pipeline. Elise Gerhart, 29, of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, remained in a tree platform 40 feet above the ground on her family’s property. Gerhart and another activist are protesting tree clearing on the property and a judge’s [...]

GOP congressional candidates criticize pipeline

The Republican candidates vying for the seat held by the retiring congressman Joe Pitts (R- 16th) are both criticizing a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline. If the Atlantic Sunrise line is approved by federal regulators it would run through 10 Pennsylvania counties, including parts of the 16th congressional district in western Lancaster County, where opposition [...]

Pipeline protestor takes to the trees to stop construction

As the chain saws revved nearby, Elise Gerhart was literally up a tree Tuesday protesting a pipeline slated to course through her family’s wooded property. Gerhart, 29, of Huntingdon, and about 20 protesters coalesced around the Gerhart property as a work crew—chaperoned by local sheriff’s officers—took down trees along the property. Two protesters were arrested as the [...]

Huntingdon County landowners brace for tree cutting along pipeline route

A Huntingdon County family has lost their battle to put off tree-clearing for Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline while their case is still on appeal. Huntingdon County Common Pleas Judge George Zanic has ordered Ellen Gerhart to allow tree clearing on about three acres of her property to make way for two 24-inch natural gas [...]

Groups stitch together massive anti-pipeline quilt

Lancaster County is well known for its hand made quilts. It’s also becoming known as one of the most vocal places of opposition for the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project. Activists held a rally Monday to show off their latest act of protest– a 50-foot-long quilt, which represents the width of the permanent right-of-way [...]

Quaker group says North Philly solar panels could meet PECO power target this year

Solar power advocates are urging southeastern Pennsylvania’s biggest utility to boost its use of solar-generated electricity by buying from potential installations on the rooftops of North Philadelphia. About 40 supporters of the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) gathered in the lobby of PECO’s Philadelphia headquarters on Wednesday to urge officials to support one of the [...]

FirstEnergy idles western Pennsylvania coal plant

FirstEnergy has idled a coal burning power plant in western Pennsylvania due to historically low energy prices spurred by competition from cheap natural gas. As the fracking boom continues to unlock large quantities of gas, the nation’s electric grid is shifting away from coal.  The 340 workers at the Bruce Mansfield plant are still on the [...]

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