Mid-Atlantic (DC DE MD PA VA WV)

April 3, 2024 to April 7, 2024

#SEJ2024 Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Join us for SEJ's 33rd annual conference, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania! Mid-Atlantic journalists have much to share with you about their corner of the world: the huge national battle over fracking and LNG versus renewable energy, such as wind and solar; the paradox of a city that wants to be modern and future-facing but is held back by issues of poverty, environmental racism, infrastructure challenges and development problems; flooding and sea level rise; pollution and land management; and much more.

Topics on the Beat: 

Laurel Peltier Took On Utilities Scamming Baltimore’s Low-Income Households

"Policymakers hoped deregulated energy markets would lower utility bills through open competition. Energy advocates found the opposite: retail energy companies are fleecing low-income communities of color in cities like Baltimore."

Source: Inside Climate News, 09/12/2023

#SEJ2024 Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 3-7

Check out the multimedia coverage (including videos of the plenaries) of SEJ's 33rd Annual Conference in Philadelphia, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Here's the agenda.

It's critically important to SEJ to gather evidence on the impact of our work. So we're tracking stories inspired by or informed by our conference in Philadelphia. The stories don't have to be about Philly or Pennsylvania; they can be based on sources or ideas you got from being at the conference. Please help us to keep SEJ strong and share links, photos, copies of reporting generated or informed by this conference. Send your story links to Cindy MacDonald, SEJ's web content manager. It's never too late. Please send yours! Moderators, speakers, tour leaders: We also welcome resources, tipsheets, etc., from sessions or tours that you wish to share.

Topics on the Beat: 

PHMSA Raises Safety Concerns Over Mountain Valley Pipeline in Formal Notice

"Federal regulators have sent a proposed safety order to the developers of the contentious and highly politicized Mountain Valley Pipeline citing concerns over potential pipe corrosion and land movement in the steep mountain terrain the pipeline will cross in West Virginia and Virginia."

Source: Inside Climate News, 08/23/2023

Pa. Kids Near Fracking Wells Face Higher Risk For Childhood Cancer And Asthma

"Residents living near fracking wells were more likely to experience childhood cancer, severe asthma attacks and low birth weights, found three long-awaited studies on fracking and health released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday evening."

Source: EHN, 08/17/2023

"US Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Mountain Valley Pipeline"

"A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a challenge to federal approvals for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, in a decision that likely ends legal fights over the construction of the $6.6 billion natural gas project led by Equitrans Midstream."

Source: Reuters, 08/15/2023


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