Susan Phillips / StateImpact Pennsylvania

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." She received a 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. In 2013/14 she spent a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. She has also been a Metcalf Fellow, an MBL Logan Science Journalism Fellow and reported from Marrakech on the 2016 climate talks as an International Reporting Project Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.

Latest by Susan Phillips


Offshore wind energy lease sale in N.Y., N.J. touted as eventual jobs creator

The fishing industry says the Biden administration is fast-tracking offshore wind development on an industrial scale  at the expense of the environment and sustainable fisheries.

By Susan Phillips

Mariner East pipeline is set to be completed in 2022, after years of environmental damage and delays

More than 120 environmental violations and $20M-plus in fines and assessments pushed the project more than two years past its original finish date.

By Susan Phillips

Mariner East builder Sunoco agrees to $4M settlement over Marsh Creek Lake spill

As part of the agreement with Pa. environmental regulators, Sunoco will be allowed to restart construction near Marsh Creek Lake State Park in Chester County.

By Susan Phillips

Updated: December 3, 2021 | 11:13 am

Philadelphia Gas Works emails show involvement in drafting bill that runs counter to climate goals

The bill, spearheaded by gas industry lobbyists and sponsored by state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), would block municipalities from limiting fossil fuel use and promoting electrification.

By Susan Phillips

In Philadelphia, Energy Secretary Granholm touts infrastructure bill, expected job creation

“…in my lane is the transmission grid, and making sure we are upgrading that in the face of extreme weather events,” said Jennifer Granholm, U.S. energy secretary.

By Susan Phillips

Updated: October 5, 2021 | 5:52 pm

Pa. charges Energy Transfer with environmental crimes over Mariner East pipeline project

The company has already paid more than $20 million in fines for more than 120 violations of the state’s Clean Streams Law. That same law is the basis for the criminal charges announced Tuesday.

By Susan Phillips

Updated: September 27, 2021 | 5:13 pm

PennEast cancels pipeline project — months after winning its case at the U.S. Supreme Court

The company said the lack of needed permits from New Jersey made it determine that “further development of the Project no longer is supported.”

By Susan Phillips

Climate activists set their sights on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Gov. Wolf needs to appoint two new commissioners this fall to fill vacancies on the five-member board, but faces pushback in the state Senate, which opposes Pa.’s plans to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

By Susan Phillips

Chester County Commissioners urge PUC to act as Mariner East pipeline construction causes more sinkholes

At the request of the Department of Environmental Protection, Sunoco stopped construction on a section of the line near Valley Creek and the Chester County library.

By Susan Phillips

EPA takes up environmental justice complaint against Philly’s permit for SEPTA power plant in Nicetown

Opponents feared more air pollution and criticized reliance on fossil fuels amid the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The city says it did what it was supposed to do.

By Susan Phillips
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