HARRISBURG – Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) issued the following statement in response to a pipeline explosion this morning in Center Township, Beaver County, which destroyed a home and other area buildings and injured several people:
“Today’s pipeline explosion in Beaver County was a graphic illustration of my worst fears – and the fears of many local residents – related to the construction of the Mariner East pipeline.
“While I am relieved to know that no injuries occurred, I also realize that this area of Beaver County is far less dense than the pipeline corridor in Delaware County. A similar incident in my district could be even more destructive and have a greater human toll.
“Therefore, I am calling for an immediate halt to all pipeline construction activities. This pipeline should not be built until the real and legitimate safety and environmental concerns raised by myself and local residents have been fully addressed.
“It is the responsibility of Sunoco Logistics and Energy Transfer Partners to prove that the tragedy that happened today in Beaver County – including the evacuation of residents and closure of a school – could never happen in our community. If they are unable to do so, then this pipeline should not be built. Public safety must be the top priority.”
The 168th Legislative District includes Media and Chester Heights boroughs as well as Middletown, Edgmont, Newtown, Upper Providence and Thornbury townships, and part of Marple Township.
?Representative Chris Quinn
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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