Amy Sisk

Energy Reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania

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Amy Sisk covers energy for WESA and StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media collaboration focused on energy.

She moved to Pennsylvania in 2017 from another energy-rich state, North Dakota, where she often reported from coal mines, wind farms and the oil patch. While there, she worked for NPR member station Prairie Public Broadcasting and the Inside Energy public media collaboration. She spent eight months following the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, her work frequently airing on NPR and other outlets. Amy loves traveling to rural communities -- she visited 217 small towns on the Dakota prairie -- and also covers rural issues here in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Of the 8 million vehicles registered in Pennsylvania, just 15,000 of them are electric.

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A pair of environmental groups say they plan to sue U.S. Steel following the December fire at Clairton Coke Works that damaged pollution control equipment.

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If power plants that burn fossil fuels could capture their carbon emissions and store them somewhere, it would go a long way toward preventing greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.

That would dramatically lessen the effects of climate change. While many scientists and engineers in Pennsylvania work to develop this cutting-edge technology, it’s slow to roll out and so far exists only outside the commonwealth.

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Steelworkers and residents of the Mon Valley packed the Clairton Municipal Building Thursday afternoon for a lengthy hearing convened by Democratic state lawmakers over recent air quality problems stemming from the December fire at Clairton Coke Works.

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As residents of the mid-Atlantic and Midwest stayed indoors this week to avoid the Arctic air that swept the region, they used a lot of electricity and natural gas to keep warm.

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Gov. Tom Wolf kicked off the new year with an ambitious climate change goal: reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025, and 80 percent by 2050.

Pennsylvania is the nation’s fourth-largest emitter of carbon dioxide. If cutting emissions to arrive at Wolf’s targets is achievable, it will require a host of strategies.

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The fee Pennsylvania collects from natural gas drillers is expected to reach a record $247 million this year, according to figures released Thursday by the state’s Independent Fiscal Office.

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A Pittsburgh suburb has rejected a proposal to allow drilling for natural gas under a local park.

The Franklin Park borough council voted 4-2 Wednesday against signing a lease with PennEnergy Resources. The company wants to drill from a well pad in the neighboring community of Economy into Franklin Park.

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One of the longest disc golf courses in the world will soon open at North Boundary Park in Cranberry Township.

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Peoples Gas has outfitted a vehicle that will drive over 950 miles of the utility’s pipelines in Pittsburgh this year using a high-tech system to find places where methane leaks into the air.

Methane is the main component of natural gas used for home heating, and it contributes to climate change when it enters the atmosphere.

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Gov. Tom Wolf has set a new goal for the state to combat climate change: reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025.

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While the bulk of solar energy in Pennsylvania exists in the eastern half of the state, co-ops are popping up across western part of the commonwealth to help people go solar.

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Natural gas production in Pennsylvania is expected to reach a new high by year’s end: 6 trillion cubic feet.

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From establishing historic districts to offering developers incentives to protect old buildings, Pennsylvania communities have a host of options to preserve their historic structures.

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A few years after Polish scientist Marie Curie discovered radium, two Pittsburgh brothers sought to build upon her work by launching a commercial enterprise that began in Colorado with mining radioactive ore and culminated in free health clinics to market the new element.


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Murrysville’s former mayor is headed to Harrisburg.


Republican Bob Brooks won Tuesday’s election for Pennsylvania’s 54th House district, defeating Democrat Jon McCabe by a roughly 20-point margin. The district includes parts of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.


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The chief of staff to outgoing state Rep. Hal English appears set to fill his seat in Harrisburg after winning Tuesday’s race for the 30th House district.

Republican Lori Mizgorski decided to run in July after her boss of five years, English, opted against seeking re-election despite winning the GOP primary just two months earlier.

She defeated Democratic challenger Betsy Monroe on Tuesday, according to unofficial election returns.

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A seat in the northwest Pittsburgh suburbs long held by a Republican will stay in GOP hands after Valerie Gaydos won Tuesday’s race for Pennsylvania’s 44th House district.

The Aleppo Township resident narrowly defeated Democrat Michele Knoll.

Republican Rep. Mark Mustio has held the seat the past 15 years. Earlier this year, he decided to retire.


Natalie Mihalek will represent the South Hills in Harrisburg after winning Tuesday’s election for the state’s 40th House district.


Her win ensures that the seat stays in Republican hands, as it has since the 1960s. The district spans Bethel Park, as well as Peters and Upper St. Clair townships.


Mihalek, of Upper St. Clair Township, defeated Democrat Sharon Guidi.



Republican Mike Puskaric has apparently won the race for the legislative seat occupied by outgoing state Rep. Rick Saccone.

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Republican Rep. Mike Kelly will serve a fifth term in Congress, fending off a Democratic challenger Tuesday in his bid to retain his seat representing northwestern Pennsylvania.

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Longtime state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe will retain his seat representing Butler County in Pennsylvania’s 12th House district.


Pennsylvania’s speaker of the House won re-election Tuesday against a political newcomer.


Republican Rep. Mike Turzai will continue to represent the 28th House district north of Pittsburgh, defeating Democrat Emily Skopov.

Since 2001, Turzai has represented the district, which includes Bradford Woods and Franklin Park, as well as Marshall, McCandless and Pine townships. Both candidates live in Marshall Township.

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Sara Innamorato sailed to victory Tuesday in the race for Pennsylvania’s 21th House district, despite a write-in campaign for her primary challenger, longtime Democratic state Rep. Dom Costa.


Republican state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler will now represent the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania in Washington after winning the race for Pennsylvania’s 14th congressional district.


Reschenthaler defeated Democrat Bibiana Boerio, a first-time candidate.


Under Pennsylvania’s new congressional map, the 14th district spans Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.


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Emergency services personnel for Allegheny County spent last Saturday morning responding to routine police calls, such as complaints about parking or residents blowing leaves into neighbors’ yards.

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Four days after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, an anonymous threat prompted a nearby elementary school to go on lockdown and sent Squirrel Hill parents rushing over to check on their children.


Colfax K-8 school in Squirrel Hill has been cleared after being placed on lockdown for more than two hours Wednesday morning. 

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Pittsburgh's Jewish community began burying its dead Tuesday, holding the first in a weeklong series of funerals for the 11 people gunned down in a synagogue in the bloodiest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.

*This post was updated at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

The casket of Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, a family physician known for his caring and kindness, was brought to the Jewish Community Center in the city's Squirrel Hill neighborhood for the first funeral. Two police vehicles were posted at a side door and two at the main entrance.