For whose ben­e­fit?

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

To the Edi­tor: On Tues­day night a group of con­cerned res­i­dents re­quested that the East Goshen Board of Su­per­vi­sors pre­pare a Procla­ma­tion of Con­cern re­gard­ing Sunoco Pipeline’s pro­posed Mariner East 2 project.

Such procla­ma­tions have been re­cently adopted by Thorn­bury and Mid­dle­town town­ships in Delaware County and are un­der con­sid­er­a­tion in West Goshen, West­town and Edg­mont.

Sunoco pro­poses to con­struct this pipeline to trans­port highly volatile, haz­ardous nat­u­ral gas liq­uids from Western Penn­syl­va­nia to Mar­cus Hook for trans­port over­seas.

If th­ese ma­te­ri­als leak they be­come col­or­less, odor­less, ex­tremely flammable gases which are heav­ier than air, and thus con­cen­trate close to the ground. They pose a con­sid­er­able risk to our res­i­dents, en­vi­ron­ment and our prop­erty val­ues with­out pro­vid­ing a cor­re­spond­ing ben­e­fit. We were told by the Board’s vice chair­man, who is re­spon­si­ble for ne­go­ti­at­ing with the pipeline com­pany, that their aim is to work WITH Sunoco on this multi bil­lion dol­lar project to pre­vent an ad­ver­sar­ial re­la­tion­ship.

Sunoco has an abysmal record of 274 haz­ardous liq­uid leaks since 2006 and no one has de­vel­oped for us an ar­ea­spe­cific emer­gency evac­u­a­tion plan. At least one in­sur­ance car­rier has stated that it will can­cel a cor­po­rate in­sur­ance pol­icy if this pipeline is con­structed.

That evening the Board voted unan­i­mously to turn down our re­quest. It ap­pears to us that this Board of Su­per­vi­sors is much more in­ter­ested in pro­tect­ing the in­ter­ests of a pipeline com­pany than in pro­tect­ing the safety of the cit­i­zens who elected them and the en­vi­ron­ment in which we live.

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