For Immediate Release
Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would be suspending review of all clean water permits associated with Energy Transfer due to non-compliance. The move comes after years of mounting pressure on Wolf to take action, with vocal criticism of the project, and Wolf’s handling of it, from a robust grassroots movement that has enlisted municipalities, county governments, and state elected officials.
Food & Water Watch Pennsylvania Director Sam Bernhardt released the following statement:
“For years, local communities have appealed to Governor Wolf to stop Sunoco’s dangerous Mariner East pipeline system, which has already wreaked havoc on communities in the form of spills, sinkholes, and water contamination. With today’s action, the Wolf administration is only beginning to do what is necessary to rein in this reckless company. No Energy Transfer project is safe for Pennsylvania residents, including the currently operating ‘Frankenpipe,’ a hodgepodge of new and old piping stitched together as replacement capacity for the delayed Mariner East 2. Governor Wolf must shut down this ‘Frankenpipe’ and all components of the dangerous Mariner East system, once and for all.”