Natural Gas Fracking Under Fire In Pennsylvania

By Ad Crable, Bay Journal. -

In a blistering report on Pennsylvania’s 12-year experience with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a special statewide grand jury said public health and the environment have suffered and the [...]

How Pennsylvania State Troopers Conduct Illegal Traffic Searches

By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Joshua Vaughn, Spotlight PA. -

To justify their searches, state police often claimed that a driver was nervous, sweating, or eating. One officer went so far as to say a dollar-sign tattoo on a man’s neck was an indicator of [...]

Activists Blockade Entrance To Chemical Weapons Maker

By War Resisters League. -

Jamestown, PA - Five activists blockaded the entrance of Combined Systems Inc. on Monday with giant tear gas cans and gas masks, refusing to move. These five are with a group of 40 activists [...]

Pennsylvania Initiative To Convert Lawns Into Meadows, Forests

By Ad Crable, Bay Journal. -

Well-shorn lawns are still the norm on the grounds of parks, schools, churches, hospitals, business parks and neighborhoods. While better than exposed bare earth, such swaths of green are still [...]

Rights Of Nature Law Forces Revocation Of Fracking Permit

Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania - In an extraordinary reversal, last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) revoked a permit for a frack waste injection [...]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Smacks Abu-Jamal Again 

By Linn Washington Jr, Blackagendareport.com -

Recently the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania again underscored its willingness to impede justice in the contentious case of imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal through issuance of an unusual [...]

FBI Investigating Approval Of Pennsylvania Pipeline

By Marc Levy, Apnews.com -

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The FBI has begun a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration came to issue permits for construction on a multibillion-dollar pipeline project to [...]

Pipeline Permit Scandal Highlights Confusion Amid Push To Build Plastics Plants

By Sharon Kelly, Desmogblog.com -

For the past 42 years, the Beaver County Conservation District in western Pennsylvania has hosted their Maple Syrup Festival, an annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast featuring syrup made from [...]

Pennsylvania’s Public Banking Movement Draws More Support

By The Public Banking Institute. -

Black Business Review’s Marilyn Kai Jewett writes favorably of Pennsylvania’s public bank movement at both the state and municipal levels. A strong municipal public bank coalition has also [...]

How A Mother Learned To Speak For The Voiceless Behind Prison Walls

By Shandre Delaney, Lawatthemargins.com -

In my opinion, they use black and brown bodies of our family members to create jobs for white men who would otherwise be poor like those that filled the prisons. The urban cities provide a [...]

Lancaster Shows How To Say No To Geo Group

By Negin Owliaei, Inequality.org -

What’s the best way to push profit-seeking corporations out of the public sphere? Don’t let them take over in the first place. Residents of Lancaster County, Penn. were thrilled to learn this [...]

Fracking Boom Takes Toll On Pennsylvania’s Communities Of Color And Lower-Income Areas

By Mark Hand, Thinkprogress.org -

The construction of new natural gas-fired power plants in Pennsylvania is disproportionately harming lower-income populations in rural parts of the state, while communities of color are [...]

Could A Risky Pipeline Bring Together A Politically Divided State?

By Zach D. Roberts, Nationofchange.org -

"This project threatens some of our most basic American values; I think you'll find the people in Pennsylvania care a lot about public safety especially of their most vulnerable residents – [...]

Gas Wells Not Allowed On Land Zoned For Homes Or Farms, High Court Rules

By Don Hopey, Post-gazette.com -

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided Friday that drilling and operating multiple Marcellus Shale gas wells in a section of Fairfield Township, Lycoming County, that is zoned for residential and [...]

Arrests At Poor People’s Campaign Rally Inside Pa. Capitol

By Dan Gleiter, Pennlive.com -

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival protesters were arrested inside the Pennsylvania state Capitol in Harrisburg. Twenty-four people were arrested as part of the organized [...]