"Pipeline leak would present 'extreme hazard' to county"
Delaware County Emergency Services Director
The Director of Emergency services for Delaware County has testified that it is not possible to keep residents safe in the event of a pipeline leak followed by ignition. The
“emergency plans” Sunoco has promoted for such a situation are unworkable.
According to a recent Citizens’ Risk Assessment, a pipeline explosion could include a blast zone up to ½ a mile or more.
Adopted unanimously by Delaware County Council on June 12, 2019, calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to issue an immediate moratorium on the operations of all current and proposed Sunoco hazardous, highly volatile liquids pipelines.
We are pleased to announce that we have reached our final fundraising goal for the Safety 7 legal action against Sunoco and Energy Transfer Partners. We remain eternally grateful for the unwavering support and generosity of our community and grant funders.
On April 12, 2021, we received the initial decision in the Safety 7 (officially “Flynn et al.”) lawsuit against Sunoco. In a 212-page opinion, the judge at the Public Utility Commission (PUC) confirmed some of the safety problems raised by the Safety 7 but stopped short of requiring that the Mariner East pipelines be shut down until their safety could be assured. Filing of exceptions, approval of the final decision, and potential appeals will take additional months.
We recognize that any action against a corporate giant like Sunoco is a win, and we look forward to the positive changes that this case will bring in ensuring the safety of our communities. We are continuing to work with Protect PT to raise awareness about these uniquely dangerous and unnecessary pipelines for plastics and advocate for the health and safety of our communities.
You can continue to help with these efforts by contributing directly to Protect PT here. https://secure.everyaction.com/pkhq9JJlgk6uiMn18JV0jg2