Conservationists say the agreement is a win for water quality and recreation in the middle Susquehanna watershed.
Steven Schwartz: "In these times, the most important thing we can do is to continue to build and strengthen the community of the entire Upper Delaware Bioregion, with all of its diversity and history."
Stacy Levy: "What if the shorelines were lush with trees and birds and peaceful, shady places to walk and hang out?"
Rivers and creeks near Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, State College and across the state show evidence of plastic products.
"We are finding local solutions to local problems, and this suit is important in declaring our right to do so on this and many other issues," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.
Adriana Amador-Chacon: "As someone who believes in the phrase, 'If you don’t make time for wellness, you make time for illness,' I believe that it’s better to work on the issues we see today and not wait until they get too far out of our control tomorrow."
In a Q&A, Kristina Marusic of Environmental Health News said, "I hope that this study will encourage others to do more biomonitoring related to fracking. The technology is evolving..."
The Department of Environmental Protection said the pipeline's owner has put in enough safety precautions to make the ground beneath pipeline route stable.
Two state capitol hearings featured coal and gas boosters, but scientists say we must phase out emissions by 2050 to avoid climate change's worst effects.
The incidents include a 200-gallon spill at sites along Snitz Creek.