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27 New Jobs Coming to Lycoming County Thanks to Energy Company’s Expansion

Since taking over in January, Gov. Josh Shapiro has put an emphasis on Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. Last month, he announced $58 million for 157 new projects across the Keystone State. 

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4 Reasons You Should Be Paying Attention to the Farm Bill

The Farm Bill provides food assistance for 41 million Americans, funds land conservation practices, is a huge source of federal investment in rural communities, and ensures all Americans they have access to a safe, stable supply of food.

Graphic by Francesca Daly
What Pennsylvania Has Gotten Out Of Biden’s Infrastructure Law (So Far)

 In Pennsylvania, more than 160 infrastructure projects have been announced so far, and more are in the works. Here’s a look at the work that’s being done in the Keystone State and how it helps Pennsylvanians.

FILE - This photo taken with a drone shows portions of a Norfolk Southern freight train that derailed Friday night in East Palestine, Ohio are still on fire at mid-day Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. On Friday, Feb 24, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming a photo shows birds that “dropped dead” in Kentucky following the Ohio train derailment, and a video shows birds in northern Indiana that also died from the hazardous chemicals released after the derailment. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
State Makes Online Resources Available for Western Pa. Residents Impacted by Ohio Train Derailment

The online dashboard launched by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency provides current information about air and water testing, and other important resources for residents affected by the train derailment and subsequent chemical burn earlier this month.

A black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gov. Shapiro Wants Answers From Norfolk Southern After Train Derailment and Burning of Chemicals Near Beaver County

Gov. Josh Shapiro sent a letter to Norfolk Southern expressing serious concerns about the railroad company’s response to a 50-car train derailment and subsequent burning of hazardous chemicals.

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2012, photo, Ray Kemble pumps water from a truck into his neighbor's tank in Dimock, Pa. Faulty gas wells drilled by Cabot Oil & Gas were blamed for leaking methane into the groundwater in Dimock, in one of the best-known pollution cases ever to emerge from the U.S. drilling and fracking boom. The attorney general's office recently floated the idea of treatment systems as a way to resolve its criminal environmental case against Cabot, prompting pushback from some residents who want to be connected to public water. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Fracking Rights Reinstated for Pa. Drilling Company as it Strikes a Plea Deal for Past Environmental Crimes

On the same day Corterra Energy pleaded no contest to charges related to environmental crimes, and agreed to pay $16.29 million toward the construction of new and regulated public water lines in Dimock, the Department of Environmental Protection quietly lifted its long-term moratorium on gas production in the small village in northeastern Pennsylvania.

We Cannot Defend the Environment Without a Strong Democracy 

There will be no good environmental policy in the future, or any good policy outcomes for that matter, unless we have a strong democracy in place.