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Corrections and Clarifications


Our ultimate goal is to be both accountable for our coverage and transparent with our audience. To that end, any StateImpact story that requires a factual correction will be updated to reflect the change, and include an “editor’s note” to say what the nature of the correction or clarification was. For example:

We reported that a student at the for-profit Kaplan University had been seeking a law degree and had not been told that participation in the program would not allow him to take the bar exam in Iowa. We should have made clear that the student was enrolled in a B.A. program in paralegal studies, not in a law degree program.

In addition, all online errors that get corrected will be tagged and aggregated on this page.

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Latest Posts

Environmentalists weigh in on Pennsylvania Supreme Court race

Updating to add name of independent candidate. Four environmental groups on Tuesday endorsed three candidates for November’s elections to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, saying the court will likely have to make constitutional judgments connected to energy development and carbon emissions in coming years. Clean Water Action, the Pennsylvania Sierra Club, PennEnvironment, and Conservation Voters of [...]

Editor’s note

A story published Friday about a press conference ahead of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia has been removed after further editorial discussions.

Gas executives renew call for investment in pipelines to create energy hub

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic In this Thursday, April 17, 2014 photo, workers continue the construction at a gas pipeline site in Harmony, Pa. Natural gas industry executives on Wednesday renewed calls for investment in new pipelines to carry abundant gas and liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shales to southeastern Pennsylvania where they would be processed, [...]

Feds show Pennsylvania gas revenues sharply lower than other leading producers

As Pennsylvania lawmakers continue to wrangle over whether to impose a severance tax on natural gas production, a new study finds that the state derives dramatically less revenue from its gas industry than some other leading oil and gas states that have a severance tax. The study from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed Friday [...]

Senate bill would encourage use of coal mine water to frack

A bill that would encourage the use of coal mine water to frack natural gas wells was approved by the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Monday. Senate Bill 875 limits potential liabilities for producers who would use the polluted mine water, instead of cleaner fresh water, in the drilling process. Using acid mine drainage [...]

DEP issues permits to Shell for possible ethane cracker

Shell Chemical moved a step closer to the possible construction of a major petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania on Friday when it received four permits for air quality and water management from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Four years after announcing it was considering building the multi-billion-dollar plant in Beaver County about 25 miles [...]

Critics say EPA fracking study offers little to advance public debate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited report on fracking and drinking water is short on new research, and avoids discussing some high-profile cases where gas development is alleged to have contaminated water, analysts said. The report, issued on June 4, some four years after the EPA began its investigation, was immediately hailed by both the [...]

Butler County gas leaseholders sue local opponents of zoning change

A dozen western Pennsylvania residents who have leased their land for gas drilling are suing local opponents of gas development in a case that free-speech advocates say could have far-reaching consequences for critics’ ability to debate the industry’s plans. A suit by the 12 leaseholders and a real estate developer in Middlesex and Adams Townships, [...]

What’s in those tank cars near the Amtrak derailment?

News footage of the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia Tuesday night shows nearby tank cars that look similar to the rail cars carrying crude oil or other hazardous material across the country each day. In aerial photos, it looks as if the Amtrak train, traveling at 100 miles an hour, nearly missed creating an even greater [...]

DEP rejects industry pressure to remove some members from oil & gas board

The Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday rejected a call by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association for the removal of four non-voting members from a board that advises officials on oil and gas policy. Elizabeth Nolan, an attorney for the DEP, said there were no grounds to dismiss the four members, who have [...]

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