Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline poses a serious risk to communities throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The 350-mile pipeline will carry highly explosive gas liquids derived from fracking across the state to a refinery near Philadelphia, where the material will be exported to Europe to manufacture plastics.
There is clear danger to our air, water and climate at every step along the pipeline’s path. But we can beat Sunoco by winning local elections in two key communities along the route of the Mariner East 2.
In two communities—West Goshen and Uwchlan—there are candidates running for the Board of Supervisors who believe there is a way to stand up for safety. There is legal power at the municipal level to stop this pipeline, but we need local leaders willing to stand up to Sunoco and its corporate parent, Energy Transfer Partners.
According to existing laws and regulations in both municipalities, pipelines must be setback from occupied buildings far enough so that those buildings are not within a pipeline’s blast radius. As it is currently planned, Sunoco is potentially violating these laws.
Food & Water Action is working with community members to elect Mary LaSota and Robin Stuntebeck to West Goshen’s Board of Supervisors. And in Uwchlan, Mayme Baumann and Bill Miller are the candidates running for the Board of Supervisors who have pledged to do what it takes to protect their community from this pipeline.
The dangers of Mariner East 2 are not theoretical. Over 1,800 homes in Uwchlan sit within the blast zone of this dangerous pipeline. Five schools, with over 2,500 Uwchlan-area children, are located within the blast radius. And there are already serious problems with the pipeline: The drilling so far has been plagued by dozens of spills, and has caused several cases of water contamination.
This is a level of danger no community should be forced to bear. And that is why these candidates will fight for the safety of their neighbors.