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State Impact

WPSU is taking part in StateImpact, a reporting partnership between public radio stations and NPR. The focus of the Pennsylvania project is the impact of government on the energy industry, in particular natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Susan Phillips
12-16-2014

Leaking city gas pipes pose climate hazard

Philadelphia has some of the leakiest natural gas distribution pipes in the nation. This comes with an environmental cost, because natural gas is primarily made up of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Methane emissions are getting more attention from climate scientists, environmentalists and policy makers because they actually have a much more immediate impact on [...]

Marie Cusick
12-16-2014

As pipelines proliferate, Pennsylvania sees next phase of gas boom

The surge in drilling has meant trillions of cubic feet of natural gas are being pumped out of Pennsylvania every year. And now billions of dollars are flooding into the state for new pipeline projects to move that gas to market. It’s the next phase of the fracking boom: energy companies are building their own sort [...]

Susan Phillips
11-07-2014

Changing climate changing forests: How best to help Pennsylvania’s woods

In a 19th-century farmhouse deep in northern Pennsylvania’s Bradford County, Nancy Baker is looking at family photos dating back four generations. One shows her grandfather with a team of horses on clear cut land. Another shows her mother and aunt on the same farm as a small child. Baker also has a series of aerial [...]

Marie Cusick
10-29-2014

Activist won’t face fines, jail time in ongoing fight with gas company

A Susquehanna County judge ruled Wednesday that 63-year-old anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins will not be fined or jailed for violating a court order designed to keep her away from sites operated by Cabot Oil & Gas. The ongoing feud between the activist and the gas company made international news earlier this year when Cabot got a sweeping [...]

Susan Phillips
10-24-2014

Governor Tom Corbett says the impact fee is still the best deal for Pennsylvanians

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips sat down with both candidates for governor and pressed them on energy issues. The candidates visited WHYY in Philadelphia, where several reporters interviewed them for about ten minutes each. Wolf has proposed taxing the Marcellus Shale gas differently than Governor Corbett. Wolf wants to charge a 5 percent tax on the [...]

Susan Phillips
10-24-2014

Democrat Tom Wolf talks extraction tax and protecting the environment

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips sat down with both candidates for governor and pressed them on energy issues. The candidates visited WHYY in Philadelphia, where several reporters interviewed them for about ten minutes each. Wolf has proposed taxing the Marcellus Shale gas differently than Governor Corbett. Wolf wants to charge a 5 percent tax on the [...]

Susan Phillips
10-23-2014

2014 Governor’s Race: Face off over the sweet spot on taxing Marcellus Shale

Here’s something Governor Tom Corbett and his democratic challenger Tom Wolf agree on: Each calls Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale natural gas a “game-changer” for the state’s economy. But they disagree on how to get the most out of the gas boom for all Pennsylvania residents. Comparisons to Texas keep coming up in the race. And natural [...]

Marie Cusick
10-01-2014

Gas industry nervously awaits outcome of governor’s race

When members of Pennsylvania’s largest gas industry trade group got together for their annual conference last week they were a bit worried. Why? Anyone paying attention to voter polls or listening to the rhetoric coming out of Harrisburg knows there is the very real possibility of two major changes for the gas industry— a new Democrat [...]

Marie Cusick
08-25-2014

State regulators take a closer listen to gas compressor stations

Most of the noise created by natural gas development is temporary. After drilling and fracking, the workers and equipment are gone. A gas well in production is pretty quiet; it’s basically just a bunch of pipes in the ground. But compressor stations can stay noisy for years– even decades. The facilities are necessary to process and [...]

Katie Colaneri
08-07-2014

Transparency about fracking chemicals remains elusive

The website FracFocus.org was built to give the public answers to a burning question about the shale boom: what exactly were companies pumping down tens of thousands of wells to release oil and gas? Today, FracFocus has records for more than 77,000 wells. Pennsylvania is one of 14 states requiring operators to use the website as part of [...]

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Marcellus Shale Drilling Makes Housing Hard to Find

Marcellus Drinking Water Study Finds Little Impact

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Scott Detrow Explains Corbett’s Impact Fee Proposal

How to Drill a Marcellus Gas Well

Marcellus Shale Tax versus Fee