Jon Hurdle / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Jon is an experienced journalist who has covered a wide range of general and business-news stories for national and local media in the U.S. and his native U.K. As a former Reuters reporter, he spent several years covering the early stages of Pennsylvania’s natural gas fracking boom and was one of the first national reporters to write about the effects of gas development on rural communities. Jon trained as a general news reporter with a British newspaper chain and later worked for several business-news organizations including Bloomberg News and Market News International, covering topics including economics, bonds, currencies and monetary policy. Since 2011, he has been a freelance writer, contributing Philadelphia-area news to The New York Times; covering economics for Market News, and writing stories on the environment and other subjects for a number of local outlets including StateImpact. He has written two travel guidebooks to the European Alps; lived in Australia, Switzerland, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, and visited many countries including Ethiopia, Peru, Taiwan, and New Zealand. Outside of work hours, Jon can be found running, birding, cooking, and, when weather permits, gardening in the back yard of a Philadelphia row home where he lives with his partner, Kate.

Latest by Jon Hurdle


Ex-FERC commissioner says panel is losing focus on climate in light of Trump administration policy

Cheryl LaFleur fears regulator’s credibility is hurt by more party-line voting
By Jon Hurdle

In court, seven people who live near Mariner East pipelines will urge a regulator to stop the project for good. It might be their last chance

Residents who assail Sunoco’s track record and its emergency plans are pitted against a company that admitted mistakes in construction yet says the project meets all state and federal requirements.

By Jon Hurdle

Updated: August 28, 2019 | 4:59 pm

PUC’s review of pipeline safety regulation prompts attacks by residents, groups and lawmakers

Some argued for no added regulations, but most urged tighter curbs on the pipeline industry
By Jon Hurdle

Updated: August 26, 2019 | 10:08 am

Wolf tells pipeline activists he won’t shut down Mariner East

Gov. Tom Wolf met Chester County residents at a pipeline construction site. After one resident expressed concerns about pipeline safety, Wolf said, “I fully agree that we should do a better job but we disagree on whether we should keep doing this or not.”

By Jon Hurdle

PUC ordered Sunoco to produce its calculations on Mariner East blast zones

Regulator demanded information on how local population would be affected by any pipeline failure
By Jon Hurdle

Updated: August 9, 2019 | 7:59 am

Pipeline experts say vapor buildup likely led to explosion at Chester County pump station

It looks like pilot light ignited excess hydrocarbons when it was re-lit, experts say
By Jon Hurdle

Delaware County pipeline foe thought he’d get PUC information on Mariner East risk. But now he’ll have to fight for it in court

The state’s open records office ruled some documents related to a ‘blast radius’ or ‘buffer zone’ should be public. But the Public Utility Commission is asking Commonwealth Court to agree that the data should stay private.

By Jon Hurdle

Trespass charges dropped against Atlantic Sunrise pipeline protesters

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s office agreed not to pursue charges if the seven defendants performed community service.

By Jon Hurdle

Updated: June 15, 2019 | 4:24 pm

PUC launches review of safety regulations on hazardous liquids pipelines 

The commission didn’t name specific projects. But it has come under criticism from people who say it hasn’t done enough to ensure the safety of the Mariner East project, which is transporting highly volatile natural gas liquids across the state.

By Jon Hurdle

Sunoco to restart Mariner East 1 after agreeing to new safety measures

PUC investigators end three-month shutdown prompted by latest sinkhole at Lisa Drive
By Jon Hurdle
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