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Poll: Public concern grows over natural gas industry’s environmental impact

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A majority of Pennsylvanians still support the natural gas industry, but a new opinion poll shows the number of people concerned about its environmental impact is growing. A Franklin & Marshall/StateImpact Pennsylvania poll found that 50 percent of respondents said they support the gas industry — while 42 percent say they don’t. But dig a little [...]

Sunoco to residents near sinkholes: We’ll pay to relocate you during investigation

Pipeline workers probe the ground on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township where sinkholes have developed as a result of the Mariner East 2 construction. Vandalism to pipeline construction equipment has garnered two separate $10,000 rewards.

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA Workers and contractors for Sunoco Pipeline begin an ‘additional investigation’ of geological conditions behind homes at Lisa Drive, West Whiteland Township, Chester County where the company has been drilling for construction of the Mariner East 2 and 2X pipelines. The company offered to relocate residents of the five homes whose [...]

Poll: Most Pennsylvania voters say climate change causing problems now

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A majority of Pennsylvania voters agree with the scientific consensus that climate change is causing problems right now, and more than two-thirds say the state should be doing more to address it, according to a Franklin & Marshall College/StateImpact Pennsylvania poll released Thursday. Climate reality Party affiliation and political ideology continue to play a big [...]

Lobbyist, lawmakers entwined in complex relationship: Is it influence peddling, or essential?

State Sen. Art Haywood, D-Philadelphia, listens to his constituents lobby him about renewable energy proposals.

On the day of the Governor’s budget address last month, Amtrak’s 7:25 Keystone service from Philadelphia’s 30th street station to Harrisburg filled up with lobbyists on their way to the Capitol. PennEnvironment’s David Masur was one of them. “There’s non-profit folks on the train. There’s corporate lobbyists on the train. There’s folks who work for [...]

PES bankruptcy plan approved by court

Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery.

A federal bankruptcy court on Monday approved a plan for Philadelphia Energy Solutions to exit bankruptcy by April 10 at the latest after creditors including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government withdrew their objections. The plan will allow the South Philadelphia refinery, the largest on the east coast, to continue operating, preserving some [...]

Nuns raise large cross next to Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Lancaster County.

A group of Catholic nuns in Lancaster County held a Palm Sunday service in protest against the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline and erected a large cross on the construction site. About 60 people attended the service and prayed with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. Last year the nuns filed a lawsuit against [...]

N.J. files in federal court to stop PennEast from condemning protected land

A sign on farmland near Palmerton in northeast Pennsylvania shows local opposition to the PennEast pipleline.Some believe land under the Farmland Preservation program has been targeted for the route because of it's lower market value. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has filed a motion to block PennEast Pipeline Co. from condemning over 20 properties acquired under open-space and farmland preservation programs. The New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Hunterdon Land Trust yesterday joined the state in asking a federal court to reject the company’s efforts to seize preserved land they [...]

Wastewater well opposed by some Clearfield County residents secures state permit

Marianne and Rick Atkinson with their dog Spot, on their property in Clearfield County.

Some Clearfield County residents have fought for years to block a proposed injection well to store wastewater from the state’s natural gas fields, but the project has secured a permit from Pennsylvania environmental officials. The Department of Environmental Protection gave its approval this week for the well, which will be operated in Brady Township by [...]

Federal budget includes $5 million for Delaware River clean up

Teenagers take turns jumping into the Musconetcong river just below the Asbury Mill Dam. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The $1.3 trillion spending bill signed by President Donald Trump on Friday unexpectedly brought good news for environmentalists. Instead of the proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and rollbacks for clean air and water protections, the new federal budget increased funds for a number of environment and energy preservation program, including $5 million for [...]

Groups oppose another coal mining permit in Greene County state park

A trail in Ryerson Station State Park, managed by the DCNR whose leasing of state lands for oil and gas development is at issue in a new court challenge by an environmental group.

Environmental groups have once again appealed a state permit allowing Consol to mine beneath a stream inside a state park in Greene County, saying that the plan could cause “significant damage” to the waterway. They are asking a state judge to issue a temporary halt to the mining plan while the case is heard. The [...]

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