Statement from Food & Water Watch organizer Sam Rubin:
“Governor Wolf’s response to Sunoco’s disastrous Mariner East 2 pipeline is outrageous, but sadly not surprising. He has spent more time talking to Energy Transfer Partners than he has talking to people whose water has been contaminated by the company’s faulty pipeline construction. The governor pressured the DEP to approve the Mariner East permits, despite serious deficiencies. DEP officials warned that the pipeline was dangerous. And now his response is to tell us that this is good for us?
“This pipeline has absolutely nothing to do with, as the governor put it, living ‘the life we want to live.’ It puts our homes, schools, water and future at risk so that Sunoco can make billions by exporting fracked gas liquids to Europe to make plastics. I’m not sure what part of the ‘life we want to live’ includes having our schools in a pipeline’s ‘blast zone,’ or our water and aquifers contaminated by drilling mud spills.
“This pipeline will drive more fracking in western Pennsylvania, which means more air pollution and contaminated water. Public safety, clean water, and a healthy environment should be Governor Wolf’s first priorities. He must take action right now to halt this pipeline.”