Jon Hurdle

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


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

What other states are doing about plastic bags — and what might happen with Pa.’s proposed ban

Charging a 2-cent per-bag fee would have little impact on use, according to an advocate in New Jersey. Legislators in that state just introduced a stronger bill banning plastics than one the governor vetoed last year, saying it didn’t go far enough.

By Jon Hurdle

Energy Transfer CEO: ‘We’ve made mistakes’ in building Mariner East

The company vowed not to make those mistakes again. But critics of the project in southeastern Pennsylvania said it’s too late for the people who are living near the pipelines.

By Jon Hurdle

Updated: February 15, 2019 | 4:43 pm

Pa. to begin its own process of setting health limit for two PFAS chemicals

As EPA launches national PFAS plan, Pennsylvania says its people ‘can’t wait’ for federal government
By Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips

Updated: February 13, 2019 | 12:29 pm

Wolf’s support for pipeline-safety bills boosts bipartisan advocates

Continued problems with Sunoco’s Mariner East project, and the company’s failure to fix problems related to a line in western Pennsylvania, have raised the profile of legislation that has stalled in the past.

By Jon Hurdle

PUC seeks school evacuation drills on pipeline route

Chester County community meeting airs continuing public concerns on safety of Mariner East pipelines
By Jon Hurdle

Updated: January 22, 2019 | 10:12 am

Sunoco to ‘purge’ part of Mariner East 1 after new sinkhole opens at Lisa Drive

Sinkholes in early 2018 exposed a section of Mariner East 1, prompting a Public Utility Commission administrative law judge to shut down the pipe and halt construction of two new lines, citing an “imminent risk” to the public. 

By Jon Hurdle

Updated: January 10, 2019 | 5:18 pm

Judges say DEP unlawfully issued air-quality permits to Sunoco at Marcus Hook

Agency must review the permits, but ruling has 'no immediate effect' otherwise, environmental group says
By Jon Hurdle

Spills, shutdowns and legal challenges: a tumultuous year for Mariner East 2

After multiple delays, Sunoco has said it is on target to start operations of the controversial pipeline by end of 2018.

By Jon Hurdle

Updated: December 19, 2018 | 5:37 pm

Chester County district attorney opens criminal investigation into Mariner East pipeline project

The district attorney said a recent pipeline explosion in Beaver County, and a visit to see where sinkholes opened last year at a pipeline construction site, prompted him to act.

By Jon Hurdle