Pipe­line con­cern

School district voices wor­ries over prox­im­ity of pipe­line to school

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - THE TIMES HERALD - By Les­lie Krowchenko Times Correspondent

The Rose Tree Me­dia School Board put its words into ac­tion Thurs­day night, vot­ing 7-1 to ap­prove a res­o­lu­tion of con­cern re­gard­ing the pro­posed Sunoco Lo­gis­tics Mariner 2 pipe­line. The doc­u­ment will be for­warded to Gov. Tom Wolf, state Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (DEP) Act­ing Sec­re­tary Pa­trick McDon­nell, Pub­lic Util­ity Com­mis­sion mem­bers and Delaware County Coun­cil.

“Con­gres­sional meet­ings about the pipe­line are be­gin­ning on Wed­nes­day,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent James Wigo. “I would like to hand carry it to them.”

The direc­tors’ in­volve­ment is due to the fact a por­tion of the pipe­line is slated to run be­neath a road ap­prox­i­mately 625 feet from the Glen­wood Ele­men­tary School play­ground and the doc­u­ment ex­pressed the direc­tors’ “great con­cern” re­gard­ing the po­ten­tial ef­fect on its 445 stu­dents and 60 staff mem­bers. An ad­di­tional 2,143 stu­dents and 290 staff mem­bers at three other district schools are lo­cated within 3 miles of the pro­posed pipe­line, and “could be sub­ject to emer­gency evac­u­a­tion in the event of a leak, breach or ex­plo­sion,” it noted.

The school board is also “pre­pared to au­tho­rize and uti­lize ap­pro­pri­ate re­sources” to in­ter­vene in the DEP per­mit­ting process. The doc­u­ment asks for at least a 60-day com­ment pe­riod af­ter the pipe­line per­mit is re-sub­mit­ted to DEP and a pub­lic hear­ing in the county to ad­dress pub­lic health and safety is­sues. In ad­di­tion, the direc­tors sug­gested the ap­pli­ca­tion be re­clas­si­fied to in­clude liq­uid and gaseous haz­ardous ma­te­rial trans­port and in­clude an in­de­pen­dent risk assess­ment study and in­ci­dent-re­sponse plan.

Span­ning Penn­syl­va­nia, West Vir­ginia and Ohio, Mariner 2 is a 350-mile pipe­line sys­tem that would bring nat­u­ral gas liq­uids such as propane, eth­ane and bu­tane to the Mar­cus Hook In­dus­trial Com­plex. Ap­prox­i­mately 11.4 miles would be in­stalled in Delaware County across pri­vate and pub­lic prop­erty in Thornbury, Edg­mont, the town­ship, As­ton and Up­per Chich­ester, end­ing at the fa­cil­ity.

The res­o­lu­tion was drafted at the urg­ing of the Mid­dle­town Coali­tion for Com­mu­nity Safety (MCCS), com­posed of Glen­wood par­ents and com­mu­nity res­i­dents con­cerned about the pos­si­ble risks as­so­ci­ated with the pro­posed pipe­line. To date, the group has


The Mariner East pipe­line project routes eth­ane and propane from Ohio, West Vir­ginia and west­ern Penn­syl­va­nia to a pro­cess­ing sta­tion in Mar­cus Hook.


Res­i­dents in Mid­dle­town are con­cerned about the prox­im­ity of the pro­posed Mariner East 2 pipe­line to Glen­wood School off Pen­nell Road. The Rose Tree Me­dia School Board now has passed a res­o­lu­tion to be given to state of­fi­cials in­di­cat­ing their con­cern over the project as well.

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