HARRISBURG — Demonstrators filled the Capitol Rotunda with signs, chants and speeches Tuesday morning in a bid to stop the Sunoco/ET Mariner East Pipeline project.
The “Safety Over Sunoco” (SOS) demonstration came just hours after the pipeline builder had restarted drilling along several locations of the pipeline’s 350-mile length. Plans call for the pipeline to stretch from Ohio, West Virginia and the length of Pennsylvania.
About 150 protesters filled the Rotunda steps while another 100, including about a dozen elected officials, watched from the Mercer tile floor.
Caroline Hughes, of West Goshen, lives and works, while her children attend school, within what some call the “blast zone.”
“Who is responsible for our health, safety and welfare?” Hughes asked. “We will not stop.