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Democratic Socialists are coming to Harrisburg. What does it mean for environmental policies?

The candidates want a severance tax on oil and gas, more money for the Department of Environmental Protection, and a moratorium on fracking. They may find it hard to have an impact on legislation, but hope to begin changing the conversation in the Legislature.

By Reid Frazier

Mariner East 2: What are natural gas liquids, and what happens if they leak?

The pipeline will carry volatile propane, ethane and butane, which has raised fears of many who live near it — even though explosions are rare. As part of StateImpact Pennsylvania’s “Mariner East 2: At what risk?” series, we put together this video to explain what those substances are and how they act both inside the pipeline and if they got out, and how you should respond if there’s a leak.

By Susan Phillips and Tom Downing

Mariner East 2: Sunoco’s incidents, fines and shutdowns fuel residents’ safety concerns

As part of the “Mariner East 2: At what risk?” series, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports how pipeline opponents say Sunoco’s construction makes them worried about the volatile liquids flowing through the line. The data can be useful, but there may be more to the story, two experts said.

By Jon Hurdle

We’re wired to be wary of certain things. Here’s why pipelines are among them

As part of the “Mariner East 2: At what risk?” series, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports that pipelines are not likely to explode, but sometimes, they do — and that makes a huge impression on our brains.

By Marie Cusick

In Pennsylvania, no oversight of where some pipelines can be built

As part of the “Mariner East 2: At what risk?” series, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports how the lack of siting regulations for pipelines mean they can be built close to homes, for example. “What are you going to do?” said one man who lives near where an explosion of part of a different pipeline occurred recently.

By Reid Frazier

Updated: September 14, 2018 | 3:51 pm

More than half PA gas wells used ‘secret’ chemicals for fracking or drilling, report says

Companies are allowed to protect trade secrets, and the health risks of unidentified chemicals are unknown. Advocates push for disclosure, saying the public needs to know about the chemicals in order to help protect drinking water.

By Jon Hurdle

Curious or concerned about an energy issue? Ask us — and see what we’ve already answered

Tap the expertise of StateImpact Pennsylvania reporters on energy-related questions, and help us build a database of answers that people across the state can use to be better informed about what can be confusing or complex issues.

By Scott Blanchard

A company cut trees for a pipeline that hasn’t been approved. The landowners just filed for compensation

The Constitution Pipeline is not built two years after crews cut more than 500 trees on northeast Pennsylvania property. The company says it is trying to get approval and still plans to build the line.

By Jon Hurdle

Spotted lanternfly battle is on: Can Pennsylvania stop this invasive threat to trees and plants?

It’s a menace to grapes and orchards, among other things, and millions of dollars are being spent to kill it. One person on the front line of the fight says, “I’ve never seen an insect situation like this before.”

By Susan Phillips

Change in China recycling policy driving costs in midstate

The cost of recycling will likely go up for many midstate communities over the next few years.

A change of standards in China is causing recycling processors in the U.S. to recalculate.

By Rachel McDevitt
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