Support the “Safety 7” Citizens’ Legal Action to Halt Sunoco’s Dangerous Mariner East Export Pipelines
Seven residents of Delaware and Chester Counties (in Southeastern Pennsylvania) have filed a lawsuit with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC)
to halt construction and operations of the dangerous and controversial Mariner East pipelines. These brave residents -- the “Safety 7” -- are leading the charge to protect all of our communities, schools, and families from harm, and they need your help!
The residents’ formal complaint
alleges a complete failure by Sunoco to monitor and maintain pipeline integrity, as well as a failure to warn the public of the pipelines’ dangers, and a failure to provide credible evacuation plans to protect vulnerable residents from a catastrophic pipeline explosion. According to a recent Citizens’ Risk Assessment
, a pipeline explosion could include a blast zone up to ½ a mile or more. An amended complaint also alleges that the likelihood of such a catastrophe is greater due to Sunoco/ETP's abhorrent safety record and specific integrity issues with the pipes. Community Momentum
Since the complaint was initially filed in November 2018, 7 townships, 4 school districts
, 2 counties
, and a homeowners association have filed to intervene in support of the Safety 7 residents. This enables these entities the right to participate in the proceedings before the court and provide comment on the legal issues being considered. This is now the biggest lawsuit in the state against the Mariner East pipelines, and our best chance of achieving a full and complete shutdown of all Mariner pipelines until such a time as the safety can be adequately assessed and risk to dense, vulnerable populations acceptably mitigated.Impacted residents need YOUR support for the best chance at succeeding in their legal case.
While residents are working with a pro bono attorney, there are many other costs associated with moving this case forward. This includes fees for expert witnesses, filing fees, and costs associated with obtaining transcripts. We will need to raise at least $100,000 to support residents in covering these expenses. This will be achieved through a combination of large and small grants, and large and small private donors. Please donate now to join this fight!
The Mariner East pipelines
consist of two pipelines: the nearly 90 year old 8” Mariner East 1
(currently shut down due to sinkholes) and an active 12” workaround pipeline
(with an extensive leak history) repurposed to transport highly volatile fracked petroleum liquids (ethane, propane, butane) for export overseas for conversion into plastics. Sunoco/ ETP/ ET is currently constructing a pair of 20” and 16” pipelines that it plans to use to carry the same highly volatile materials. The 300 mile long - pipelines currently being constructed through densely populated “high consequence” communities-
are unsafe and pose significant environmental risk as well as a risk of catastrophic explosion that could injure or kill thousands of residents in a blast zone up to a ½ mile or more.Who we areDel-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety
(DCU) is a nonpartisan, fact-based, grassroots alliance of local coalitions, organizations and concerned Pennsylvanians. Our mission is to protect the health, welfare, and safety of our communities from dangerous infrastructure development in Southeast Pennsylvania, to unite people through education, to uphold our constitutional rights, and to encourage our elected officials to make informed policy decisions.
We are committed to ensuring that residents and public officials understand the risks presented by these highly volatile high pressure natural gas liquids pipelines, and that those risks are properly mitigated to protect vulnerable populations, including our neighborhoods, our families, and our children. Clean Air Council,
a Pennsylvania non-profit 501(c)(3), is serving as fiscal agent for this grassroots community-based endeavor.