Susan Phillips

Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. That same year she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." Along with her reporting partner Scott Detrow, she won the 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with StateImpact. She recently returned from a year as at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.

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Sunoco’s Mariner East natural gas liquids pipeline construction in Chester County has led to hundreds of thousands of gallons of muddy groundwater spilling into a creek and wetland. The cloudy run-off has flowed into a popular trout stream since Easter Sunday – coinciding with the start of trout season.

WHYY StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports the Department of Environmental Protection is investigating.

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Philadelphia has joined three suburban communities to challenge the state’s moratorium on “plastic bag bans.” The lawsuit, filed March 3 in Commonwealth Court, says the state’s actions are undemocratic. WHYY StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports.

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Fracking for natural gas is now banned in Northeast Pennsylvania and southern New York state. The Delaware River Basin Commission voted Thursday to make permanent a long-standing, de-facto moratorium on gas drilling. WHYY StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports the move comes after a decade of debate and research.

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The Supreme Court will hear an eminent domain case pitting the state of New Jersey against the PennEast pipeline company. The 116-mile line would ship Marcellus Shale gas from Northeastern Pennsylvania. WHYY StateImpact Pennsylvania's Susan Phillips reports New Jersey seeks to block the project on public land.

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Philadelphia has recently announced an ambitious climate goal, as Mayor Jim Kenney says the city aims for carbon neutrality by 2050. The move aligns the city with targets set by the Biden administration. WHYY StateImpact's Susan Phillips reports.

(Original air-date: 1/18/21)

In an effort to boost natural gas exports, the Trump administration has reversed longstanding federal policy and approved transport of gas by rail anywhere in the country. Opposition has come from Hollywood stars, state attorneys general and local residents who worry about the danger this poses.


Companies that operate natural gas liquids pipelines in Pennsylvania will now have to share their emergency response plans with local emergency planners. WHYY's Susan Phillips reports Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed the bill into law.

(Original air-date: 12/5/20)

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A company is exploring plans to build a  fracking waste disposal well in Northeast Pennsylvania. These wells are used by the oil and gas industry for storing highly salty brine water which can contain chemicals, heavy metals and radioactive material. WHYY's Susan Phillips has more.

(Original air-date: 12/6/20)

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