Jon Hurdle / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Jon is an experienced journalist who has covered a wide range of general and business-news stories for national and local media in the U.S. and his native U.K. As a former Reuters reporter, he spent several years covering the early stages of Pennsylvania’s natural gas fracking boom and was one of the first national reporters to write about the effects of gas development on rural communities. Jon trained as a general news reporter with a British newspaper chain and later worked for several business-news organizations including Bloomberg News and Market News International, covering topics including economics, bonds, currencies and monetary policy. Since 2011, he has been a freelance writer, contributing Philadelphia-area news to The New York Times; covering economics for Market News, and writing stories on the environment and other subjects for a number of local outlets including StateImpact. He has written two travel guidebooks to the European Alps; lived in Australia, Switzerland, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, and visited many countries including Ethiopia, Peru, Taiwan, and New Zealand. Outside of work hours, Jon can be found running, birding, cooking, and, when weather permits, gardening in the back yard of a Philadelphia row home where he lives with his partner, Kate.

Latest by Jon Hurdle


DEP urged to close ‘loopholes’ in new regulation on VOCs and methane

The public comment period, which closed Monday, included a group of 50 institutional investors with $4 trillion in assets who issued a statement in support of the rule.

By Jon Hurdle

Coronavirus cases at Limerick nuclear station raised concern. Pa. plants say they’re working to prevent outbreaks during refueling outages

After two workers test positive at Limerick, energy companies require social distancing and test workers for symptoms
By Jon Hurdle


Ex-FERC commissioner says panel is losing focus on climate in light of Trump administration policy

Cheryl LaFleur fears regulator’s credibility is hurt by more party-line voting
By Jon Hurdle

In court, seven people who live near Mariner East pipelines will urge a regulator to stop the project for good. It might be their last chance

Residents who assail Sunoco’s track record and its emergency plans are pitted against a company that admitted mistakes in construction yet says the project meets all state and federal requirements.

By Jon Hurdle

New federal pipeline safety rules draw praise from industry, scorn from critics

Opponents of Mariner East say PHMSA standards are too little, too late
By Jon Hurdle

Sunoco still needs DEP approvals to restart pipeline work at Lisa Drive, Chester County

Lifting of injunction at sinkhole site isn’t final green light for Mariner East
By Jon Hurdle

Updated: September 19, 2019 | 3:06 pm

Court ruling clears way for Mariner East construction to restart at West Whiteland

PUC will have to lift injunction that blocked work at Chester County site, lawyers say
By Jon Hurdle

Updated: August 28, 2019 | 4:59 pm

PUC’s review of pipeline safety regulation prompts attacks by residents, groups and lawmakers

Some argued for no added regulations, but most urged tighter curbs on the pipeline industry
By Jon Hurdle

Updated: August 26, 2019 | 10:08 am

Wolf tells pipeline activists he won’t shut down Mariner East

Gov. Tom Wolf met Chester County residents at a pipeline construction site. After one resident expressed concerns about pipeline safety, Wolf said, “I fully agree that we should do a better job but we disagree on whether we should keep doing this or not.”

By Jon Hurdle
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