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Pa. grants $2M for solar tech at PGW’s liquefied natural gas plant

Philadelphia Gas Works’ planned liquefied natural gas plant got a $2 million state grant to install solar energy. The plant will be constructed at the utility’s Southwest Philadelphia site.  The $60…

    • Solar panels on Philadelphia rowhouses. (Adam Stein for Solar States)

Dreaming about going solar? Now, a city rebate can help

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wants you to put solar panels on your roof. Now.  With less than 0.4% of the city’s energy mix coming from solar power, Kenney needs to pick…

    • Emergency responders work to contain the blaze at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Friday June, 21.

Eliminating the PES refinery’s deadliest chemical will be a 24/7 job for weeks

The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery has started neutralizing and eliminating a highly toxic chemical still present at the shuttering facility. The June 21 explosion and fire that led the company to…

    • Haydee Durán says her 1-year-old tree makes her smile when she's feeling sad.

Not in my sidewalk: Debunking Philly tree myths

Trees aren’t generally controversial. They usually look nice, they provide shade and improve the air and water quality. Scientists say they even make people happier.  But when it comes to planting…

    • Fence-line resident Silvia Bennett speaks at a first public meeting held by the city as it plans for the refinery's impending closure. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Who will decide the future of the South Philly refinery?

Sylvia Bennett felt her bed shake when the explosion rocked Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in June. It wasn’t the first time the refinery, her neighbor in South Philly, touched her…

    • tree gap

Philly’s low-income neighborhoods have fewer trees and the city’s free tree program isn’t helping

Places like the 2100 block of Spruce Street are about as wealthy and as leafy as they get in inner-city Philadelphia. The multi-million dollar brownstones here are shaded by a canopy…

    • Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Extreme weather causes fumes to escape fire-stricken PES refinery

Heavy rains and high temperatures shifted the lid of a 6 million gallon tank containing gasoline components at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery, according to a spokesperson for the company.…

    • Herbert Campbell at Smith Playground.

Should I stay? In wake of refinery explosion, neighbors reconsider living so close to a hazard

Every Sunday afternoon in the summer, Stinger Square at 32nd and Dickinson streets hosts Oldies in the Park. A DJ sets up a booth next to benches and a children’s playground.…

    • Crews battled a fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Monday night (NBC10)
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphians deserve a voice in debate over future of local refineries

The thick cloud of black smoke billowing from the fire at Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) Refinery Complex was a sight throughout much of Philadelphia on June 10.  Fans at the Phillies…

    • Crews battled a fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Monday night (NBC10)

Philly refinery fire under investigation; pollution impact unclear

Philadelphia Energy Solutions said a fire that broke out Monday night at the refinery caused no injuries and did not affect neighboring residents, though some contest the latter claim. The fire…

    • Greens grow at Five Loaves and Two Fishes community garden in Overbrook. (Angela Gervasi for WHYY)

More community gardens to bloom on city lots, Philly Land Bank czar says

When Victor Young saw a few abandoned lots in his West Philadelphia neighborhood, he knew he had found a perfect place to start a garden. Growing vegetables, he thought, could bring…

    • Rowing crews compete in the first day of the Dad Vail Regatta in 2014 (Brad Larrison/for WHYY)

Dredging funds raised to keep boat racing afloat on the Schuylkill

Philadelphians will be able to continue enjoying the long tradition of rowing on the Schuylkill River. That heritage is no longer in peril now that $4.5 million has been found to…

    •  Philly Water Bar will be open at City Hall every Thursday this summer. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly tap water is safe. Now there is a bar to prove it.

The sun was shining, the salsa music enticing, and Katrina Williams was thirsty when she saw the pitchers full of cold water on a table. So she came forward and accepted…

    • The Philadelphia Orchard Project plants at Bartram's Community Farm.

Philly names first-ever farm czar

Philadelphia has named city planner Ashley Richards as its first-ever urban agriculture director. Richards will direct the creation and implementation of Philadelphia’s forthcoming urban agriculture plan. Richards got their start as…

    • Solarize Philly

Solar ‘ambassadors,’ deeper discounts on rooftop installations all part of Philly’s plan to make 2019 the year of sun power

Victor Young paid $370 for electricity a month before solar panels were installed in his roof last year. Now his electric bill is zero, and he only pays $126 a month…

    • Students from Southwest Leadership Academy are escorted home through a maze of debris from nearby auto shops. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Southwest Philly battles life in an auto zone

Amanda Dobbs’ brick house wasn’t always surrounded by piles of junked cars. The Southwest Philadelphia home, which shares a fence with two auto repair shops, is where she grew up. The…

    • Terry Williams standing in one of Eastwick's polluted, urban renewal tracts.  (Credit:Troubled Waters project)

Philadelphia seeks to heal old Eastwick wound with a ‘village in the city’

More than 60 years after a failed urban renewal project in Eastwick displaced 8,636 people for development that never happened, city officials have released final recommendations to turn the resulting vacant…

    • Luis Martinez holds a chicken that he has been nursing in a community garden in Kensington. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Backyard farmers support Philadelphia bill to legalize undercover chicken coops

A rooster gives a hearty crow as Luis Martinez fixes his motorcycle in his backyard on a Friday afternoon. Across the street, a few more chickens hang out, forming a ragtag…

    • A fire broke out at a Fairhill auto-body shop on Monday.

North Philly auto body shop engulfed by fire racked up safety violations prior to blaze

A North Philadelphia auto body shop that exploded into flames on Monday operated for years without proper permits or safety measures in place, according to city records. At least 14 fire…

    • 2019 02 27 e lee philadelphia city council natural gas expansion bill

PGW wins key city approval for Southwest Philly LNG venture

Philadelphia Gas Works’  plan for a liquefied natural gas production facility won a key approval this week, moving the $60 million Passyunk Energy Center closer to groundbreaking. The proposal now needs only…

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