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Energy & Environment (Striking a balance)



Philly’s plastic bag ban is finally happening

"If we are to achieve zero waste by 2035, plastic bags are one of the top single-use plastics to be eliminated.”
By Catalina Jaramillo

A third of Pa. drinking water samples contained toxic chemicals. The state says there’s ‘no widespread contamination’

Amid federal inaction, there's no consensus on how much of the PFAS class of chemicals is too much.
By Brett Sholtis

Updated: December 3, 2019 | 4:30 pm

Chester County DA charges Energy Transfer security manager, others in scheme to use constables for Mariner East pipeline security

Those charged include employees from the international security firm TigerSwan.
By Susan Phillips

Suburban Pa. school districts see green in propane buses

“Our plan is to eventually phase out diesel and go all propane."
By Dana Bate/WHYY

You can thank the Great Recession for 2019’s Christmas tree shortage

Because Christmas trees grow at an average rate of a foot per year, the public only started to harvest in 2017 trees planted during the recession.
By Ximena Conde/WHYY

America’s shale gas ‘revolution’ has led to exports that span the globe — and helped solve Japan’s energy needs after a nuclear disaster

Drilling of the Marcellus and Utica shale created a glut of natural gas and drove down prices. Now, new pipelines and export terminals are aiding overseas sales.

By Susan Phillips


Toxic PFAS chemicals, found across Pennsylvania, get the Hollywood treatment

Dark Waters dramatizes the true story of a former corporate lawyer who exposed the effects of toxic PFAS chemicals discharged into a creek in West Virginia.
By Wallace McKelvey/PennLive

Updated: November 20, 2019 | 10:05 am

Johns Hopkins researcher: Pa. should ban fracking

Brian Schwartz said he recently became convinced that the time had come to make a public statement about banning fracking. A shale gas industry group said a ban would bring Pennsylvania’s economy “to a standstill.”

By Reid Frazier

Updated: November 19, 2019 | 6:52 pm

Lawmakers, criticizing Wolf’s executive order on joining cap-and-trade program, say it’s their call to make

Proposed bill would require Legislature to OK Pennsylvania becoming part of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
By Scott Blanchard
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