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FILE PHOTO: Cheswick Generating Station in Springdale, Pa.

With policy change, nearly a third of Pennsylvanians live in ‘environmental justice’ areas

Applications for certain things in environmental justice areas — like landfills or coal mines — are on a “trigger permit list” and get more scrutiny from the state Department of Environmental Protection. 

By Marie Cusick

Anaïs Peterson, 20, used to play soccer at this field in Indiana Township that's close to the site of a new natural gas well pad. She's organizing a march in Pittsburgh focused on climate change, and is calling for officials to stop the expansion of fracking in Allegheny County, among other requests.

How young activists hope to make climate change a political priority

Young activists are organizing rallies on climate change throughout the county. The organizers in Pittsburgh want to mobilize people their own age who are passionate about the environment to turn out at the polls.

By Amy Sisk

A sign marks the path of the Mariner East 1 pipeline through Chester County.
Updated: July 17, 2018 | 4:13 pm

Independent study examining public safety risks of Mariner East pipelines

Community group commissions ‘quantitative risk analysis’ after county council deadlocks on proposal
By Jon Hurdle

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

The osprey population has grown in part because of a decline in contaminants in the Delaware estuary.

Delaware estuary’s ospreys recover as fish contaminants decline, report says

Population growth suggests overall improvement in region’s ecological health
By Jon Hurdle and Catalina Jaramillo

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Trees cut on a Susquehanna County property in March 2016 to make way for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. The company says it will fight a FERC order upholding New York State's denial of a permit for the project.

A company cut trees for a pipeline that hasn’t been approved. The landowners just filed for compensation

The Constitution Pipeline is not built two years after crews cut more than 500 trees on northeast Pennsylvania property. The company says it is trying to get approval and still plans to build the line.

By Jon Hurdle

In the distance, construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline at Raystown Lake Recreation Area in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Mariner East 2 pipeline spill prompting underwater inspection, ‘no wake zone’ at Raystown Lake

Sunoco spilled 25-30 gallons of drilling fluid into Raystown Lake in December, and divers are now assessing impacts to the lake bottom.

By Marie Cusick

John Fair of the Woodlands dumps water from his water well in this 2014 photo.

Rex Energy pays $159K to Woodlands families to settle water claims

The settlements went to eight families who began complaining about their water quality in early 2011, shortly after Rex began drilling gas wells near their homes. Some still get theirs from donations at a nearby church.

By Reid Frazier

Stormwater drains in Philadelphia have traps to capture trash, but smaller pieces of plastic can get through all the way to the river.

Looking to cut plastics pollution in the ocean? Start upstream, experts say

As more plastic trash makes its way from city and town storm water drains to the ocean, a movement grows to focus on where the garbage is coming from.

By Catalina Jaramillo

A sign warns drivers of natural gas pipeline construction ahead.

Federal appeals court dismisses pipeline case that charged FERC with bias

Ruling: Agency's pipeline approvals not linked to its funding
By Susan Phillips
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