Jan. 08, 2018

HARRISBURG – Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) wrote a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf, asking his administration to conduct a full risk assessment of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project to analyze the potentially catastrophic harm that a leak or other malfunction could cause, and to release its findings to the public.

Last Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an administrative order suspending all work on Mariner East 2 following findings of unauthorized pipeline installation activities, the absence of permits and other irregularities at several sites in central Pennsylvania.

“While I am pleased with the latest suspension by the DEP, I have been calling the Governor’s administration to take a more serious look at the dangers of this pipeline since the beginning of my tenure in Harrisburg,” Quinn said. “In November of 2016, just months after being sworn into office, I brought a group of Middletown Township residents, including Jim Wigo, superintendent of the Rose Tree Media School District, to Harrisburg to testify about the concerns with the pipeline.

“Then, in July, I called on DEP to halt drilling activities in Delaware County following the contamination of waterways here. The DEP complied, allowing work to resume after Sunoco met all of the criteria outlined by DEP. These suspensions are critical for the health and safety of all residents and I support them. Unfortunately, this repeated negligence by Sunoco calls the entire project into question and therefore more must be done to ensure the safety of residents. As such, I am calling on Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration to conduct a full risk assessment.

“This pipeline will run directly through densely populated neighborhoods and right past schools, leaving our children vulnerable. Everyone should understand the risks. I am asking that this assessment be conducted and shared with the public before the project is permitted to resume,” Quinn said.

Representative Chris Quinn
168th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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