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A new coal mine is opening in Pennsylvania. Is Trump to thank?

“We’re not dead yet, we’ve still got a pulse in Mahanoy City.”
By Jen Kinney, Keystone Crossroads

Updated: December 11, 2018 | 4:11 pm

Judge denies emergency petition for Mariner East shutdown

Suit brought by seven residents fails on all four requirements
By Jon Hurdle


Delaware County study: Pipeline blast could be devastating, but risk is low

An independent consultant’s risk assessment said someone would be more likely to die from falling down stairs than in a pipeline explosion. Yet a leak would be more likely to ignite in a densely populated area because there are more ignition sources.

By Jon Hurdle

Mariner East pipelines: Judge reviews request for immediate shutdown

An administrative law judge for the state Public Utility Commission heard a second day of testimony Friday on whether to continue to allow operation of the controversial Mariner East pipelines while she reviews a request that the lines be permanently shut down. Several residents say Sunoco’s public awareness plan in the event of a leak is inadequate.

By Marie Cusick

Pennsylvania nuclear plants could be saved, report says, if lawmakers act

A new legislative report, almost two years in the making, calls on Pennsylvania lawmakers to take steps that could prevent the early closure of two nuclear plants. Critics say bailing out struggling plants is the wrong move.

By Marie Cusick

Climate petition calls on Pennsylvania to cut emissions through cap-and-trade system

Dozens of groups including environmental organizations, legal scholars, churches, and local governments argue Pennsylvania has the legal authority and constitutional duty to act on climate change.

By Marie Cusick

Climate change: A crisis for humanity, but not a big deal in the Pa. governor’s race

Neither Gov. Tom Wolf nor his GOP challenger Scott Wagner have made addressing climate change a top priority.

By Marie Cusick

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
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