Andrew Maykuth, Philly Inquirer

Andrew Maykuth

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Andrew:

Plan to send LNG trains through Philly to S. Jersey port sparks outrage from residents, environmentalists

Critics say a plan to build a major NJ fuel export terminal could accelerate fracking in Pa. and worsen climate change. An interstate agency is reassessing its earlier approval of the project. → Read More

Philadelphia school board reverses itself, approves Hilco tax break

After voting it down in August, the school board switched course and approved a key tax break for a developer redeveloping the former South Philadelphia refinery. → Read More

Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 ban on utility shutoffs remains despite push to lift moratorium

With each passing month, the likelihood increases that the ban will remain in place until April, since utilities are blocked from terminating most customers during winter heating season. → Read More

Ira Lubert wins auction for new Pa. casino license, and names State College area as the site

Ira M. Lubert, the Philadelphia investor and former owner the of the Valley Forge Casino Resort, won an an auction for a new mini-casino that will be located in Centre County. → Read More

Pennsylvania tries again to auction a mini-casino license, and opens the field for bidders

The state will allow individuals to bid for a new Category 4 casino license. One potential prospect: Ira Lubert, former Penn State board chairman and former owner of Valley Forge Casino Resort. → Read More

Indecisive Pennsylvania panel retains a ban on utilities shutting off nonpaying customers

The PUC postponed a decision on allowing utilities to resume shutoffs of nonpaying customers, the third time the stalemated panel was unable to agree on lifting the moratorium. → Read More

From The Inquirer archives: An athlete excels in wheelchair track and field

This article originally appeared in The Inquirer on July 1. 1984. → Read More

Philly school board rejects tax break for Hilco’s redevelopment of the former refinery site

In a surprise move, the Philadelphia school board rejected the mayor's proposal to extend an important tax break to Hilco's refinery redevelopment project, → Read More

Pa. issues a new round of penalties against Sunoco Pipeline for Mariner East mishaps

Pennsylvania assessed a $355,636 penalty against Sunoco for Mariner East environmental violations in 2018 and 2019. Sunoco has been cited 112 times since 2017 for the contentious project. → Read More

Unpaid utility bills are soaring in the pandemic. Consumer advocates fear mass shut-offs loom

Unpaid utility bills are up 41% due to the pandemic. Pa. utilities say they need to threaten shut offs to get customers to respond, but advocates fear mass hardship from service terminations. → Read More

Pa. casino revenues return to pre-pandemic levels, but online gambling soars

Casinos are the latest industry that has experienced a substantial shift in business to online from retail locations due to the pandemic. → Read More

Pennsylvania considers allowing utilities to resume shutting off nonpaying customers

The PUC has been unable to agree on when to allow utilities to resume terminating non-paying customers. → Read More

Some Peco customers in Chester County complain that the utility misread their power status during Isaias storm outages

After Tropical Storm Isaias knocked out their power, some Peco customers say customer service representatives insisted their power was on, even when their homes were dark. → Read More

Three days after Isaias hit, 23,000 customers remain without power. Repairs will continue into the weekend.

Despite the assistance of out-of-state repair crews, utilities say some customers may not get power restored until the weekend, as each repair job increasingly affects fewer customers. → Read More

About 85,000 customers still without power in Pa., NJ, but utilities say they’re making progress

Additional out-of-state repair crews arrived to help regional power companies recover from Tropical Storm Isaias. Some customers were told power would not be restored until the weekend. → Read More

Hundreds of thousands lose power across Philly area as Isaias lashes region

”This is going to be a tough one,” said a spokesperson for PSE&G. “Customers should expect delays.” → Read More

COVID-19 restrictions block some solar homeowners from tying into the grid

More collateral damage from the pandemic: Some customers who hoped for a city solar rebate are out of luck because Peco has been unable to install new meters inside their houses. → Read More

State investigating new sinkholes along Mariner East pipeline

The state announced it was monitoring subsidence along the Sunoco pipeline route after cracks opened in a highway in Chester County. → Read More

Coronavirus ban on utility shutoffs in Pa. stays in place after PUC vote ends in a tie

Two Republicans wanted to lift the moratorium on shutoffs, saying that all utility customers will eventually have to pay for the increase in uncollectible accounts. → Read More

Pa., N.J. claim Delaware will steal their cargo business if Congress approves shipping bill

Officials from Pennsylvania and New Jersey say legislation would give the Port of Wilmington and its foreign-owned operator a big advantage over rival Delaware River ports, siphoning cargo business away from Philadelphia. → Read More