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Tank Creek was classified as an exceptional value stream by DEP in October 2017. It feeds into the Delaware River.

In the Poconos, a fight simmers over ‘exceptional’ streams

Six creeks recently gained special protection from the state. But some local businesses and landowners say the rules go too far.

By Catalina Jaramillo

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

Natural gas development in Pa. state forests has slowed significantly

A decline in drilling amid low natural gas prices, and a moratorium on leasing of state land, have put a damper on its development in forests.

By Marie Cusick

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

Mariner East 2 pipeline construction in Chester County
Updated: May 24, 2018 | 5:05 pm

Mariner East construction, operation halted again in Chester County

An administrative law judge said the project poses “an imminent risk to the public,” and more study is needed before construction can resume. Sunoco’s parent company ripped the decision as “a significant departure from the law.”

By Jon Hurdle

A sign on Riegelsville Road in Holland Township, New Jersey, shows local opposition to the PennEast pipeline. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

New Jersey asks appeals court to review FERC’s approval of PennEast pipeline

The state argues that FERC was wrong to give PennEast the certificate that has allowed it to file eminent domain suits against some 150 New Jersey landowners who have refused its offers of compensation for building the pipeline on their land.

By Jon Hurdle

Great egrets at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia.

Spring birdsong could change with a changing climate

Insects and plants emerge in the spring based on temperature. But birds start to fly north based on the change in the amount of daylight. It’s a disconnect that threatens hundreds of species across North America.

By Susan Phillips

Mariner East 2 pipeline construction crews work in the backyards of homes on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, Chester County, on May 2, after sinkholes opened in the area. That caused one of the ME2 project's many delays.

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

A backhoe clears land for construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline in Delaware County in early 2017.
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