Letter to the Editor: This is not the same kind of pipeline
POSTED: 06/06/17, 8:32 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO 0 COMMENTS
To the Times:
Delaware County residents need to learn the truth about the Sunoco Logistics Mariner East Two pipeline for the following four reasons:
• The contents of this pipeline are new and different. The natural gas liquids will not heat a home, fuel a car or add to energy independence. If a leak occurs, the contents will convert to an odorless, highly explosive, asphyxiating gas and drift with the wind until it finds an ignition source such as a vehicle, cell phone or door bell.
• This pipeline does not benefit the public and may still be denied eminent domain status. Since this product is intended to cross Pennsylvania, only to be shipped to Europe for plastic manufacturing, very few Delaware County residents will ever be hired. As you sit in road blocks, look carefully at truck license plates. They are out of state and those jobs are temporary.
Several legal cases have been filed and need your financial support.
• This pipeline could cause injuries and death beyond the capabilities of our first responders. Sunoco Logistics can, and will, pour millions of dollars into a public relations campaign that falsely claims safety measures, but their record is poor and they’ve already experienced leaks in Chester Creek – our local watershed. They are far from infallible and professional risk assessment suggests it is not if, but when, we will pay for a leak.
• This pipeline has no significant federal or state oversight. It is up to local municipal officials to enforce their existing code and support their neighboring towns. The wealthy fossil fuel companies are committed to transporting their dangerous products through our back yards and public parks to Marcus Hook, now and in the near future.
For accurate and up to the minute info see http://www.middletowncoalition.org
Linda Healy, Media, Middletown Coalition for Community Safety Volunteer