Krueger-Braneky issues statement on DEP’s suspension of Mariner East 2 permits

FOLSOM, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, issued the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s suspension of construction permits on the Mariner East 2 pipeline:

“From the beginning of construction, I have shared the concerns of residents across the commonwealth about the safety of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. A year and over 100 spills later, I am relieved to see construction halted until Sunoco Logistics complies with safety regulations in a proactive manner.

“Construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline across Pennsylvania — but especially in Delaware and Chester counties — has impacted drinking water, wreaked havoc on private property, and posed a grave danger to our citizens. Sunoco Logistics has shown a blatant disregard for these things that we hold dear and which are protected by our state Constitution. I thank Governor Wolf and Secretary McDonnell for their attention to this issue and for suspending the construction of this pipeline.

“I especially want to thank and applaud the near neighbors and concerned Pennsylvanians who were relentless in advocating for the health and safety of their communities, their children, and the environment we all share. As elected officials, our first and foremost duty is to keep our citizens safe – particularly from the greed and excesses of multinational corporations who spend lavishly to influence government to their favor. Today is proof that the people have been heard.

“Finally, I ask for patience from the workers on this project. Sunoco Logistics is a $20 billion company that can afford to build the Mariner East 2 pipeline safely and in cooperation with our laws and communities. Corporate executives’ impatience and greed led to this -- and the men and women who go to work every day on this project to provide for their families should not be punished for that. Sunoco Logistics alone is responsible for this situation.”