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The crew on the Drillboat Apache brings in lines tied to explosives used to break up rocks at the bottom of the Delaware River near Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. It’s one of the final stages of a controversial project to deepen the river’s shipping channel.

Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

The crew on the Drillboat Apache brings in lines tied to explosives used to break up rocks at the bottom of the Delaware River near Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. It’s one of the final stages of a controversial project to deepen the river’s shipping channel.

StateImpact Pennsylvania, Newsworks.org, WHYY and NJ Spotlight are collaborating on a series of stories about the Delaware River Watershed. The watershed stretches from upstate New York through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, emptying out in the Delaware Bay. It supplies water to more than 15 million people, or about 5% of the nation’s population. Its natural lands both protect clean water and provide a habitat of regional and hemispheric importance. The story of the river includes stories of its people and wildlife that depend on it for survival; the threats to continued sources of clean water; and the river as an economic engine.

The project is funded by The William Penn Foundation. Below are contributions from StateImpact Pennsylvania.

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Philadelphia area refineries urge EPA to reform biofuels credit program

Workers and managers from three Philadelphia-area refineries on Monday urged federal regulators to reform a renewable fuels program that is costing the companies millions of dollars and threatening jobs. Several hundred workers and contractors rallied at Delaware City Refinery to protest the high cost of so-called RINs – credits that refineries like the Delaware facility […]

New gas pipeline capacity sharply exceeds consumption, report says

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DEP accused of neglecting cleanup of contaminated Chesco site

Delaware Riverkeeper Network stepped up its campaign to clean the highly contaminated Bishop Tube industrial site at Malvern in Chester County when it accused Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection of neglecting the problem over decades. The environmental group filed a complaint with Commonwealth Court on Wednesday asking the court to require DEP to bring the […]

Mariner East 2 pipeline completion delayed again

Sunoco Pipeline’s parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, said Wednesday that its Mariner East 2 pipeline will be put into service in the second quarter of 2018, some 18 months later than originally planned, because of delays caused by Pennsylvania regulators. Chief Financial Officer Tom Long said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call that the project […]

Plaintiffs ask judge to revoke ‘illegal’ Mariner East 2 permits

Three environmental groups urged a judge to revoke some environmental permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline without holding a trial, saying there are ‘undisputed’ facts showing that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection broke the law in issuing the permits. Clean Air Council, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the Mountain Watershed Association filed a motion […]

PUC’s West Goshen ruling cheers advocates for local control over pipelines

Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission halted Sunoco’s plans to build a valve for its Mariner East 2 pipeline in Chester County’s West Goshen Township, raising questions about whether the massive cross-state project will be completed on time, and encouraging advocates for local control over gas development. The commission voted unanimously on Thursday to uphold a judge’s […]

Water problems persist along Mariner East pipeline route despite court intervention

Water impacts continue at numerous Pennsylvania sites where Sunoco is building the Mariner East 2 pipeline two months after a court-brokered agreement. The settlement between environmental groups and Sunoco Pipeline was designed to prevent horizontal directional drilling from damaging aquifers and spilling fluid into wetlands. Data from the Department of Environmental Protection show 18 “inadvertent […]

Pipeline critics say blog post seeks to discredit them with ‘fake news’

Opponents of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 and other pipelines have disavowed an anonymous blog post that linked them to a supposed attack on construction equipment used for the Pennsylvania pipeline. The post, with the headline “Action Against Mariner East 2 Pipeline” had originally claimed an act of sabotage was done in solidarity with groups opposing […]

Last two Dimock families settle lawsuit with Cabot over water

Two Pennsylvania families have settled a lawsuit against a major natural gas producer, ending an almost decade-long fight over alleged water contamination in the northeast Pennsylvania town of Dimock. The families were among 15 who sued Cabot Oil & Gas in 2009, claiming that fracking for natural gas had contaminated their drinking water wells in […]

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