Rebecca Moss is an investigative reporter for Spotlight PA.

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Reform of secrecy law for Pa. utilities faces long odds despite agreement that it’s a problem

Lawmakers in both parties acknowledge the measure impedes government transparency and public safety, but powerful special interests stand in the way of any major changes.

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Secrecy law for Pa. utilities gets boost in court ruling sidelining public records agency

Utility companies — including Sunoco, which is behind the controversial Mariner East pipeline system — have wide authority to keep safety information a secret with little oversight.

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Emergency plans fail to consider complexity of Mariner East pipelines, and those most at risk in an accident

Experts say they require specialized planning, with blueprints for how all people — especially those with disabilities — can get to safety. But Pa.’s plan is one of passing the buck.

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Many Pa. communities are in the dark about Mariner East pipelines, leaving them at risk in an emergency

Despite being one of the most controversial projects in Pennsylvania history, many emergency managers and others along the route cannot confidently answer one pressing question: Are we prepared?

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Damning report on Pa.’s failure to protect residents from fracking unlikely to result in major reform

State agencies implicated in the report dismissed it outright, calling the recommendations outdated and ill-informed.

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Pa. will give health systems $175 million to lead coronavirus response inside state’s struggling nursing homes

These collaboratives will be tasked with implementing best practices for infection control and expanding testing “to include asymptomatic staff and residents," a critical need.

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The coronavirus exploited failure of Pa. health officials to improve long-standing problems with nursing home oversight

The Wolf administration was repeatedly warned of dangerously low minimum staffing and weak and inconsistent inspections, all problems that could have made the outbreak worse.

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FULL LIST: Pa. releases names of nursing homes with coronavirus cases, deaths

As the number of deaths inside Pennsylvania’s long-term care facilities grew, lawmakers and advocates for seniors called on the state and federal government to release the list.

Most Pa. nursing homes with 20 or more coronavirus deaths are in Philly and its suburbs, long-sought data show

Across Pennsylvania, there are about four dozen facilities that have seen at least 20 residents die, the data show. Twenty-eight of those were in Philadelphia and its suburbs.

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Pa. had an early plan to protect nursing home residents from the coronavirus, but never fully implemented it

Similar measures to those envisioned were later put in place, but only after widespread outbreaks were already underway.