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Philadelphia to Dim City Lights to Help Migratory Birds

Philadelphia to Dim City Lights to Help Migratory Birds

On the morning of October 2, Stephen Maciejewski, an Audubon Pennsylvania volunteer, expected to tally a few dead birds in Philadelphia during their peak migration season. But instead, he found hundreds of dead birds, CNN reported. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Maciejewski told CNN in October. “There were birds everywhere, and they were all […]

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    Why Plans to Turn America’s Rust Belt Into a New Plastics Belt Are Bad News for the Climate

    Why Plans to Turn America’s Rust Belt Into a New Plastics Belt Are Bad News for the Climate

    By Sharon Kelly The petrochemical industry anticipates spending a total of over $200 billion on factories, pipelines, and other infrastructure in the U.S. that will rely on shale gas, the American Chemistry Council announced in September. Construction is already underway at many sites. This building spree would dramatically expand the Gulf Coast’s petrochemical corridor (known […]

    Only 11% of Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Pipelines Are Mapped for the Public

    Only 11% of Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Pipelines Are Mapped for the Public

    Only 11 percent of the natural gas pipelines in Pennsylvania are disclosed through publicly-available maps, Pittsburgh NPR station WESA reported this week. Pipeline companies are only required to disclose transmission lines, which make up a small fraction of the commonwealth’s more than 89,000 pipelines. WESA’s report comes a week after a pipeline explosion in Beaver […]

    How Trump’s EPA Is Moving to Undo Fracking Wastewater Protections

    How Trump’s EPA Is Moving to Undo Fracking Wastewater Protections

    By Sharon Kelly Back in 2008, residents of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas received a notice in the mail advising them to drink bottled water instead of tap water—a move that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) internal memos at the time described as “one of the largest failures in U.S. history to supply clean drinking […]

    FERC Approves PennEast Pipeline: Opponents Look to Clean Water Act to Stop ‘Dangerous and Unneeded’ Project

    FERC Approves PennEast Pipeline: Opponents Look to Clean Water Act to Stop ‘Dangerous and Unneeded’ Project

    A controversial natural gas pipeline project with a proposed route through New Jersey can move forward, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled Friday. Owners of the proposed $1.2 billion PennEast Pipeline, which would carry shale gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, said they are planning to begin construction this year following the certificate of […]

    Fracking Waste Lawsuit Highlights Dangerous Trend of Corporations Targeting Community Rights Defenders

    Fracking Waste Lawsuit Highlights Dangerous Trend of Corporations Targeting Community Rights Defenders

    By Simon Davis-Cohen In early January, a federal judge ordered the nonprofit law firm Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to pay $52,000 to an oil and gas exploration company for defending a rural Pennsylvania township’s ban on underground injections of fracking waste. This sanction comes at the request of Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) […]