FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Uwchlan, PA – The Uwchlan Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Monday to enforce a local zoning ordinance that could protect the community from the dangerous Mariner East 2 pipeline slated to bisect the township.
The action follows last week’s news that Governor Wolf will allow construction to resume on the pipeline despite a pattern of negligence from Sunoco and strong public opposition. Supervisors Mayme Baumann and Bill Miller, who were elected this past November on a campaign platform that centered around protecting the community from the pipeline, were joined by newly appointed Supervisor Kim Doan in affirming a motion to instruct Township Solicitor Mark Freed to take action.
"I and the other members of the board take seriously our primary duty to protect the people of Uwchlan,” said Bill Miller, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
“Governor Wolf has failed to protect our community, so we are taking action to protect ourselves,” said Rebecca Britton, a leader with Uwchlan Safety Coalition who was elected to Downingtown School District Board of Education. “The Board of Supervisors has the community’s support in taking action. Residents fully understand that township ordinances are meant to be the tools in which thoughtful and dynamic leaders can protect the health, welfare, and safety of the people that live here. We are thankful our elected officials are doing just that."
Uwchlan’s zoning ordinance, passed in 2014, requires that pipelines be located away from occupied structures like houses and schools. The current route of the Mariner East 2 violates these laws.
“This is the type of leadership Uwchlan residents voted for when they elected Mayme Baumann and Bill Miller elected this past fall with over 60% of the vote,” said Sam Bernhardt, Senior Pennsylvania organizer with Food & Water Watch. The group’s political arm, Food & Water Action, worked with community members to knock on nearly 10,000 doors, mobilizing voters who were opposed to the pipeline to vote for Baumann and Miller. “Other municipalities along the pipeline route should look to these supervisors as examples of what true community stewardship looks like. Governor Wolf has refused to protect these communities, so they are stepping up to protect themselves.”