– State Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) released the following statement in response to the sinkhole in Delaware County:
“This sinkhole is disappointing, but unfortunately not surprising. Incidents like this have become a pattern for Sunoco and the Mariner East 2 pipeline. This is why I am calling for a halt to construction of Mariner East 2 until the engineering and environmental studies for the project can be reevaluated and possibly reconducted where necessary. Public safety is at risk, and we must do everything we can to protect our citizens.
“I have contacted the governor imploring his administration to force a halt to construction, and I am hopeful that he will do so.
“Beyond halting construction, the 12-inch pipeline that was exposed must be inspected before operation of the pipeline can continue. I demanded that the Governor’s administration assess the 12-inch pipeline back in October when Sunoco first proposed it as a workaround when construction of Mariner East 2 could not be completed as originally proposed. That assessment was never completed, but now that an incident has occurred, the line must be inspected. Further, the entirety of Mariner East 2 in operation should be inspected before operation can resume. My hope is that the governor’s administration takes this step.
“House Bill 888, which I have introduced, would require that the entirety of a pipeline be inspected following any incident to ensure that any potential future problems could be prevented before it’s too late. I am hopeful that my colleagues in the Legislature will join me in supporting this bill that seeks to protect residents along the pipelines.”
Representative Chris Quinn
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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