Harrisburg – Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) and Senator Tom Killion (R-9) today issued the following joint statement on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s suspension of construction permits associated for the Mariner East 2 pipeline:
“From the beginning of this regulatory process, we have insisted that the job creation and energy development that come from this project must not occur at the cost of health, safety or protecting the environment.
“We still believe that the economic benefits can co-exist with safety and environmental protection, but this pause ordered by DEP seems necessary to ensure that this occurs. It is critical that Sunoco Pipeline L.P. follow all permit conditions.”
“Pennsylvania can be a leader in natural gas development, but we must get it right. That is why we are co-sponsoring several bills to ensure pipeline safety across Pennsylvania and hold pipeline owners accountable if anything goes wrong.”
Senator McGarrigle and Senator Killion are co-sponsors of legislation that would:
- Strengthen the pipeline siting review process.
- Require pipeline operators to conduct proper studies of aquifers that may be impacted by construction.
- Make owners and operators of pipelines liable for contaminating water supplies.
- Establish notification requirements for residents impacted by pipeline construction.
- Ensure pipeline construction in densely populated regions includes automatic or remote control safety valves.
- Require pipeline companies to provide funding to support emergency responders.
- Improve communication and coordination between emergency management agencies and pipeline companies in the event of an emergency.