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The Philadelphia skyline is seen along the banks of the Delaware River.

The Delaware River at Washington Crossing, Pa. Fracking for natural gas is essentially banned in the river basin under a regulation from the Delaware River Basin Commission. But the commission may allow the storage, treatment, and disposal of fracking waste and the removal of water for fracking in other places.

Environmentalists call for full fracking ban in the Delaware River watershed

The Delaware River Basin Commission has a de facto ban on fracking in place, but it is considering new rules that would include allowing the storage, treatment, and disposal of fracking waste, and the removal of water for fracking in other places.

By Joe Hernandez/WHYY

About 80 “water warriors” lobbied lawmakers at Legislative Hall in Dover in support of HB 200 that would earmark funding every year to pay for projects that improve water quality in Delaware.

In this Aug. 1, 2018 photo weeds engulf a playground at housing section of the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster in Warminster, Pa. In Warminster and surrounding towns in eastern Pennsylvania, and at other sites around the United States, the foams once used routinely in firefighting training at military bases contained per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. EPA testing between 2013 and 2015 found significant amounts of PFAS in public water supplies in 33 U.S. states.
Updated: May 6, 2019 | 4:12 pm

PFAS chemicals have contaminated 17 sites in Pennsylvania, data shows

Mapping of public data shows PFAS-contaminated sites exist across the country
By Jon Hurdle

Protesters gather outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 1, 2017, to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord.

Pennsylvania commits to Paris Agreement climate goals; state’s plan calls for 80 percent carbon cuts by 2050

Pennsylvania becomes the 24th state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance
By Susan Phillips

A Mariner East pipeline construction clearing in Delaware County.

Suburban Philadelphia state senators seek answers from DEP chief over Mariner East pipeline

The lawmakers say Patrick McDonnell's re-appointment should be delayed until pipeline investigations are complete
By Susan Phillips

Representatives from the state's PFAS Action Team updated people on plans for water testing during a meeting in Abington, Pa, on April 15, 2019.
Updated: April 16, 2019 | 9:07 am

Wolf’s PFAS Action Team gives update on water-testing plans to frustrated Pa. residents

The state’s actions include sampling urine, dust, and water from Bucks and Montgomery county residents whose blood was already tested. Some people at Monday’s meeting said Pennsylvania isn’t moving fast enough to deal with the family of toxic chemicals.

By Dana Bate/WHYY

The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.
Updated: April 12, 2019 | 7:42 pm

DEP to begin statewide sampling for six PFAS chemicals

Year-long program to focus on sources of likely contamination including military bases and airports
By Jon Hurdle

In a news conference, Del. Sen. Tom Carper, alongside Pa. Sen. Bob Casey, discusses measures pushing for a federal response to PFAS chemical contamination, following a roundtable discussion at the Horsham Township Library in Horsham, Pa. on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Crews worked on Monday Jan. 21 to stabilize a new sinkhole that opened up at Lisa Drive, a suburban development in West Whiteland Township, Chester County where Sunoco operates its Mariner East pipelines.

Mariner East 2 construction to restart in area of Chester County where water damage occurred

Drilling for the pipeline along Shoen Road in West Whiteland Township destroyed private drinking water wells nearby
By Susan Phillips
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