Kristina Marusic

environmental justice

The things I'm hopeful about in 2024 as an environmental reporter

It’s easy to focus on what’s wrong, but there’s also a lot to be grateful for.

PITTSBURGH — As a journalist who covers environmental health, much of my job revolves around shining a light on difficult problems.

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A 2019 youth climate protest in downtown Pittsburgh. (Credit: Kristina Marusic for Environmental Health News)
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Delays in joining the RGGI regional climate program means excess ER visits and child illness in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH — On November 1, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled against Pennsylvania joining a Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a program that limits climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

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Boat slips along the Monongahela River from Pittsburgh's Smithfield St. Bridge. (Credit: Kristina Marusic)
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Numerous miles-long oil spills have been reported on one of Pittsburgh’s iconic three rivers

PITTSBURGH — Oil sheens up to 18 miles long have repeatedly been reported by an environmental advocacy group on the Monongahela River over the last six months.

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“Forever chemicals” in Pennsylvania fracking wells could impact health of surrounding communities: Report

PITTSBURGH — “Forever chemicals” have been used in Pennsylvania fracking wells, but it’s impossible to know how widespread contamination could be, according to a new report.

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Community members and Pennsylvania organizations collaborating with the Breathe Project host a press event calling for clean air in 2019. (Credit: Mark Dixon/flickr)
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These new changes could re-shape environmental justice in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) is holding a public meeting in Pittsburgh tonight on the agency’s first proposed updates to the state’s environmental justice policy in 20 years.

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800,000 tons of radioactive waste from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry has gone “missing”
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800,000 tons of radioactive waste from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry has gone “missing”

PITTSBURGH — Waste from the oil and gas industry contains toxic and radioactive substances. Disposal of this waste is supposed to be carefully tracked, but 800,000 tons of oil and gas waste from Pennsylvania oil and gas wells is unaccounted for, according to a recent study.

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Workers training at ShaleTEC in Lycoming County, PA, in 2015. (Credit: Governor Tom Wolf)
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Appalachia’s fracking counties are shedding jobs and residents: Study

PITTSBURGH — The largest natural gas-producing counties in Appalachia have had worse economic outcomes than the rest of the region and the nation since the start of the region’s fracking boom, according to a new report.

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Tracking petrochemical accidents across the US

A new database monitors fires, flares, spills and other accidents at petrochemical plants.

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Lives “devastated’ by petrochemical industry pollution in Texas: Report

New analysis illustrates the climate, environmental, and human rights tolls linked to petrochemical production surrounding the Houston Ship Channel region.

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LNG production comes with a price, Gulf Coast communities warn

US takes the global lead on liquid natural gas production and export, as economic promises and environmental worries collide.

Amid LNG’s Gulf Coast expansion, community hopes to stand in its way

Amid LNG’s Gulf Coast expansion, community hopes to stand in its way

“People don’t know what we’d do without oil and gas. It comes at a big price.”

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La producción de gas natural licuado tiene un precio, advierten las comunidades la Costa del Golfo

Entre promesas económicas y preocupaciones ambientales, Estados Unidos lidera la producción y exportación de gas natural licuado.

Ante la expansión del GNL en la costa del Golfo, la comunidad espera erigirse como un muro de contención

Ante la expansión del GNL en la costa del Golfo, la comunidad espera erigirse como un muro de contención

“La gente no sabe qué haríamos sin el petróleo y el gas. Esto nos sale muy caro”.

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