The following statement by Eric Friedman was released Thursday on behalf of the Middletown Coalition for Community Safety: “Judge Barnes noted in her emergency order that ‘Sunoco has made deliberate managerial decisions to proceed in what appears to be a rushed manner in an apparent prioritization of profit.’ She also wrote ‘the risk of physical injury or death in a densely populated area because of unsafe construction and operations constitutes irreparable harm. The Public Utility Commission has already found this type of harm to be catastrophic.’
“Risk is measured in terms of consequences and probability, and Judge Barnes correctly found both to be unacceptable. The Middletown Coalition for Community Safety appreciates Sen. Dinniman’s efforts to protect his constituents from this uniquely dangerous, property value-killing export pipeline. It’s time for Gov. Wolf to also start doing his duty to protect the tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians in Sunoco’s blast zone.”
Delco Times[Residents] are outraged that such a project was given the green light and allowed to traverse densely populated neighborhoods, including in close proximity to schools and senior centers. The pipeline will travel 350 miles across the Keystone State, including the final 11-mile stretch in western Delaware County. They don’t believe the state gave the plans nearly as critical a look as warranted. Their fears have only been fortified by a series of mishaps involving construction of the pipeline, everything from persistent runoff to sinkholes popping up in a Chester County neighborhood.
Kallanish Energy Construction on the Mariner East 2 liquids pipelines in Pennsylvania has been halted again, Kallanish Energy reports. The Mariner East 1 liquids pipeline that has been in operation was also shut down.
Administrative law Judge Elizabeth Barnes stopped construction in Chester County’s West Whiteland Township until the state’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) determines the twin pipelines under construction are safe.
She ruled on an emergency petition filed by state Sen. Andy Dinniman, a Democrat who represents that section of Chester County, and ruled the three pipelines are “an imminent risk” to the public.