Jul. 20, 2017

HARRISBURG – Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) is asking Gov. Tom Wolf, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell and officials of Sunoco Logistics for a halt to activity on the Mariner East 2 pipeline project in Delaware County until all can ensure proper safeguards are in place to protect the environment and area citizens. This action follows another incident of drilling-related contamination at a stream crossing in Middletown Township.

“What is occurring here is unacceptable,” said Quinn. “I am asking the governor and DEP Secretary to come down here with Sunoco contractors and tour the incident sites where these breeches have occurred.

“Before this project began, Sunoco touted its stellar safety record and we were assured that the public and the environment would not be adversely affected by this project. Clearly, we are alarmed at what we are seeing and may have to shut this project down until appropriate steps are taken to ensure the public and the environment are adequately protected.

“I am calling for a meeting and inviting the governor, DEP and Sunoco to discuss a moratorium and/or other options to ensure the environment and public safety are protected,” said Quinn. “I am also sponsoring legislation that would give DEP the proper regulatory authority to protect private wells and help prevent these incidents from occurring.”

Representative Chris Quinn
168th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Donna Pinkham