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StateImpact Pennsylvania Wins duPont

The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award committee this morning announced that StateImpact Pennsylvania is among its 2013 awardees. In its announcement, the duPont committee said the team’s coverage over the past year has “showed the significant impact of natural gas fracking on Pennsylvania residents, and is an important model for reporting on local issues.” 

“Reporters Susan Phillips and Scott Detrow covered the public policy, fiscal and environmental impact of the state’s booming energy economy, with a focus on Marcellus Shale drilling,” the announcement reads. “Their broadcast reports were heard on public radio stations across Pennsylvania and on a dedicated web site featuring multimedia, data-driven stories. Their work revealed previously unreported aspects of a new gas drilling law, including a provision that would require health professionals to sign confidentiality agreements in order to get access to chemical exposure information and developments in the state’s efforts to establish a natural gas impact fee.”

The awards ceremony will take place in New York in January. Continue reading

StateImpact Texas Featured on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show

StateImpact TexasTerrence Henry provided an authoritative and comprehensive summary of the link between fracking and earthquakes last night on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

Maddow also featured footage recently taken by Scott Detrow of StateImpact Pennsylvania, who recently uncovered the ongoing problem of methane gas leaks near drilling sites in that state.

Calling Henry’s reporting “more comprehensive and also more clear” than anyone else’s, Henry was Maddow’s only guest during the 11-minute segment. You can catch his full interview below.

North and Central Texas, an area not known for its seismic activity, was hit with 11 earthquakes over a span of 40 days in May and June. In recent weeks, several studies have pointed to the deep injection wells used to dispose of drilling wastewater as the likely cause of the tremors.

Former StateImpact digital editor Elise Hu contributed to this report.