Middletown Coalition of Community Safety Blog

June 12, 2019

The Resolution in Support of Public Safety 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.

May 9, 2019

Letter from the Board of Directors of the Middletown Coalition for Community Safety (MCCS) regarding the "Safety 7" case before the Pennsylvania PUC, to Delaware County Council for which Delaware County Council is an intervening body. 


May 3, 2019

Middletown Township, Delaware County, PA — May 3, 2019. Approximately two dozen residents of Chester and Delaware Counties, joined by state Rep. Chris Quinn (R-168) and a representative of Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (D-5) met Friday morning at the site of Sunoco’s latest known sinkhole along Route 1 in Middletown Township.

Since assuming office in 2016, Rep. Quinn has repeatedly expressed his concerns about the risks to public safety associated with the proposed Mariner East pipelines. “Shut it down,” said Rep. Quinn. “I’ve visited the sinkholes in the Lisa Drive area, but this area is built on granite. There shouldn’t be sinkholes here--yet there are. It’s like you’re driving a car when a warning light comes on. You ne...

April 10, 2018

For Immediate Release

Middletown Coalition for Community Safety
24-Hour Information Hotline: 302-455-8721 or middletowncoalition@gmail.com

Middletown Coalition for Community Safety Offers $10,000 Reward for Information Leading to Identification of Sunoco Personnel Involved in Alleged Damage of Sunoco Equipment

DELAWARE COUNTY, Pennsylvania, April 10, 2018—The Middletown Coalition for Community Safety is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the positive identification of any person who acted on behalf of Sunoco/Energy Transfer Partners or its affiliates to damage or give instructions to damage Sunoco construction equipment.

On April 5, 2018, StateImpact Pennsylvania reported a Sunoco claim of damage to two pie...

WEST CHESTER (February 8, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman today issued the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announcement of an agreement with Sunoco, including a $12.6 million fine, regarding permit violations related to the Mariner East II pipeline project. As a result of that agreement, construction on the pipeline can continue.

“DEP’s job is to protect the environment. That has not been done in this case and $12.6 million won’t change that. Not only has the damage already been done, there is no indication whatsoever that any of the fines collected will go to those impacted by the pipeline here in our region.

Keep in mind, the very agency (DEP) that is...

February 8, 2018

For Immediate Release: February 8, 2018
Contact: Caroline Hughes, del.chesco.united@gmail.com, 484-883-1156

Governor Wolf, PA-DEP Greenlight Mariner East Construction
Fail to Assess Safety Risks to Children and Seniors


Governor Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection, announced today that Sunoco would be allowed to continue construction of its troubled Mariner East pipeline after payment of a fine of $12.6 million for prior notices of violation. The pipeline permits had been suspended on January 3, 2018 due to repeated, willful and egregious violations of state law and permit conditions, including a number of instances of water contamination.

“Del-Chesco United is deeply concerned that this project has once again...

January 7, 2018

Exton, Pennsylvania

January 4, 2018

Sunoco Logistics Partners has status as a public utility. This enabled them to use eminent domain to coerce us and others throughout the state to sign easements for construction of Mariner East pipelines. These pipelines are scheduled to pass through our property, disrupting our lives, destroying our landscape, and posing chronic danger. Although our concern is personal, it is important that everyone living along or traveling in proximity to these pipelines understands their risks.

Sunoco’s new pipelines are slated to follow the path of an existing pipeline installed during the early 1930s when the majority of Chester County was farmland. In a two-mile stretch through the heart of Exton, r...

December 26, 2017

The Mariner East 2 pipeline is proposed to carry Highly Volatile Liquids (artificially liquefied Ethane, Propane, Butane gas) through several densely populated areas in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Much of route through Chester and Delaware counties would be considered Class 4 High Consequence Areas by Natural Gas standards.

However, these artificially liquefied gases have hazards greater than traditional Natural Gas. “Natural Gas Liquids”, or “NGLs” are maintained in an artificially liquefied state inside the pipeline. This liquid state is a higher energy state containing more combustion energy than the ambient state these gases have in the natural environment. If leaked, highly condensed liquids rapidly convert back to a ga...

So, the question is why? Why did the county choose not to have the hazards assessed? Why has every township along the route chosen not to have the hazards assessed? Why have all levels of government adopted the Sunoco marketing materials and public relations responses as fact without seeking unbiased input from an independent technical advocate?

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