ChesCo Commissioners’ Statement on Attorney General’s Charges Against Energy Transfer/Sunoco Pipeline

Chester County

WEST CHESTER, PAChester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline released the following statement regarding Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s charges against Energy Transfer/Sunoco Pipeline LP:

“In August 2020 we notified the Attorney General’s Office of the incident at Marsh Creek Lake involving Energy Transfer.  At the same time, we asked Governor Wolf to suspend Energy Transfer’s authority to construct and operate the Mariner East 2. In light of [these] charges, we repeat that urgent request.

“Holding Energy Transfer accountable for their actions is long overdue.  We are delighted to hear of [yesterday’s] action by Attorney General Shapiro, announcing 48 criminal charges against Energy Transfer. Energy Transfer has shown itself to be a poor corporate citizen in Chester County throughout the years-long Mariner East 2 pipeline construction period. The disastrous spill into Marsh Creek Lake, which the grand jury determined to be between 21-28 thousand gallons, was one of the most devastating examples of the callousness shown towards our residents and our precious natural resources.

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“Now it is the Pennsylvania legislature’s turn to take action and enact stronger laws that will protect our citizens and environment.  For our part, we will continue to act and advocate with any power we possess to protect and safeguard our citizens.

“As we have consistently said, the Commonwealth has the responsibility and authority to regulate Energy Transfer’s activities, including any alleged criminal behavior. We appreciate the Attorney General’s efforts to protect our residents and our environment. We echo his call for any homeowner who believes their drinking water or property has been impacted by Energy Transfer to contact the Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes section at 570-904-2643 or [email protected].”

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