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Sunoco to residents near sinkholes: We’ll pay to relocate you during investigation

Pipeline workers probe the ground on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township where sinkholes have developed as a result of the Mariner East 2 construction. Vandalism to pipeline construction equipment has garnered two separate $10,000 rewards.

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA Workers and contractors for Sunoco Pipeline begin an ‘additional investigation’ of geological conditions behind homes at Lisa Drive, West Whiteland Township, Chester County where the company has been drilling for construction of the Mariner East 2 and 2X pipelines. The company offered to relocate residents of the five homes whose [...]

Federal budget includes $5 million for Delaware River clean up

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

The $1.3 trillion spending bill signed by President Donald Trump on Friday unexpectedly brought good news for environmentalists. Instead of the proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and rollbacks for clean air and water protections, the new federal budget increased funds for a number of environment and energy preservation program, including $5 million for [...]

De-icing salt boosts safety during storms, but it poses a threat to fresh water

John Jackson, a senior research scientist at the Stroud Water Research Center, measuring conductivity at the White Clay Creek at the center.

Applying salt on roads and sidewalks during storm events is a safety issue — it helps keep roads drivable during winter and can prevent people from falling when it’s icy. But there’s a cost: Studies show that salt ends up running into streams and rivers, raising chloride and sodium levels in fresh waters across the [...]

Water study finds some Pa. radium levels exceed tough California limit

Liberty Valley Elementary School, Danville, Pa., kindergarten student Tianna Swisher moves into an arc of water for a drink at the fountain at Montour Preserve, near Washingtonville, Pa., during the school's outdoor field trip on Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Waiting his turn is classmate Eli Zakarian.

More than 3.4 million Pennsylvanians are supplied by drinking water containing radium that exceeds a strict California standard, which advocates say should replace a looser federal limit, according to a report issued on Thursday. Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that advocates for clean water and other issues, said there were 466 Pennsylvania utilities where radium [...]

DRBC’s new rule would protect against frack-waste contamination, officials say

The Delaware River basin: Officials say proposed new rules would strengthen protections against contamination from fracking waste water brought into the basin.

Current and former officials at the Delaware River Basin Commission say proposed new rules on the in-basin treatment of waste water from fracking strengthen protections against any frack-related contamination. The rule, published on Nov. 30, would allow the importation and treatment of waste water from fracking operations outside the basin – under strict conditions — [...]

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 [...]

AP: DRBC planning to propose permanent fracking ban

The Delaware River Basin Commission plans to propose a permanent ban on fracking, according to a report by the Associated Press. The AP cited an anonymous source within the DRBC, who said the agency planned an announcement on Friday. DRBC spokesman Clarke Rupert, would not comment other than to refer to the official DRBC agenda [...]

Trump’s EPA cuts threaten water quality in Delaware River Basin, report says

Water quality in the Delaware River Basin would be impaired if the Trump administration’s proposed deep cuts in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget become law, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report from the environmental group PennEnvironment said the EPA has played a critical role in the Delaware River’s improved health in [...]

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