School district voices worries over proximity of pipeline to school
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.