For Immediate Release
In a dramatic break with Governor Tom Wolf, a survey of dozens of Democratic candidates running for office in communities close to the proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline reveals strong support for community efforts to shut down the project.
The survey was conducted by Food & Water Action, the political lobbying arm of the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Candidates were asked: “Do you support community calls on Governor Wolf to stop the Mariner East 2 pipeline?”
Candidates running for State House, State Senate, and Congressional districts bisected by the pipeline, as well as all Lieutenant Governor candidates, were asked to fill out the survey. In total, 33 Democratic candidates responded that they support these efforts to convince Governor Wolf to stop the pipeline.
In total, Democratic candidates in 13 state house districts along the pipeline route agree with community leaders that Gov. Wolf should stop the pipeline. Likewise, Democratic candidates in 3 out of 7 state senate districts along the route agree support the call by community leaders for Gov. Wolf to stop the Mariner East 2.
-In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, all five candidates, including incumbent Mike Stack, responded affirmatively in support of calls for Gov. Wolf to shut down Mariner East 2.
-In House District 168, incumbent Republican Chris Quinn and both of his possible challengers, Kristin Seale and Philip Block, responded affirmatively to the survey.
-In the Fifth Congressional district, five of the Democrats -- Greg Vitali, Molly Sheehan, Larry Arata, Lindy Li, and Theresa Wright -- answered affirmatively
These results show an increasing consensus among elected officials in Harrisburg is being joined by a new wave of candidates who will stand up to Sunoco and work to pressure Gov. Wolf to stop the pipeline.
“There is a groundswell of support for the communities fighting this dangerous pipeline,“ said Sam Bernhardt, Pennsylvania Director at Food & Water Action. “It is no surprise that candidates are recognizing the power of the movement against the Mariner pipeline. This only increases the pressure on Governor Wolf to protect the people of Pennsylvania, instead of kowtowing to Sunoco.”
Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 is a proposed 350-mile volatile gas liquids pipeline, which has been drawn enormous community opposition due to construction-related sinkholes, water contamination, and drilling spills.