Day 108, and also day 26 (2019 term). Heh.
Today I brought 4 articles from earlier this month regarding actions taken against a gas company by the Governor of Pennsylvania. The actions are notable for a couple of reasons:
#1 That any action at all has been taken against a gas company in PA. Seriously, that is a HUGE deal as PA has been subsumed by gas companies for over a decade. Unfortunately, something awful had to happen in order for PA to take action against the negligent gas company, but PA did take action.
#2 The PA DEP and Gov. Wolf stopped all permits for a pipeline. States have rights.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Energy Transfer hasn’t complied with an order related to the recent explosion of the Revolution pipeline outside Pittsburgh, so it has halted reviews of new water crossing permits the company wants for its natural gas liquids lines Mariner East 2 and 2x.
Energy Transfer is the parent company of Sunoco Pipeline, which built the Revolution line and the 350-mile long Mariner East pipelines. The Revolution pipeline will also remain out of service until the company meets DEP’s conditions, the agency said Friday.
In September, heavy rains caused a landslide, resulting in an explosion that destroyed a house in Center Township, Beaver County. DEP’s investigation found the company had violated permit obligations, which included unreported landslides and erosion into nearby streams. DEP executive deputy secretary Ramez Ziadeh wrote to Sunoco that it had failed to comply with the agency’s order issued in October.
DEP says further investigations by DEP inspectors, most recently in January, uncovered continued violations of Energy Transfer’s erosion and sedimentation permits, a violation of the state’s Clean Streams Law.
“In October, DEP cited ETC for sediment-laden discharges into waterways, improperly maintained erosion controls, and failure to stabilize disturbed areas,” DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said. “Disappointingly, many of these issues persist.”
Gov. Tom Wolf called for the Legislature to enact pipeline reforms, and asked the Public Utility Commission to step up its oversight of Energy Transfer/Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline project.
“There has been a failure by Energy Transfer and its subsidiaries to respect our laws and our communities,” Wolf said in a statement. “This is not how we strive to do business in Pennsylvania, and it will not be tolerated.”
“Governor Wolf has called for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to take a series of long overdue actions to help ensure the public’s safety near pipelines, and he voiced support for new pipeline legislation in the General Assembly. I thank the Governor for his strong words today,” said Killion.
In January, Killion and Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, announced a legislative package of 12 pipeline safety bills.
“It is incredibly helpful that the governor is urging the legislature to pass pipeline oversight bills. Our bills will help protect families living in pipeline communities across the state. These are commonsense, bipartisan legislative proposals that ensure the public’s safety,” said Killion.
Gas companies are garbage garbage garbage:
Nearby residents worried over sinkholes along the Mariner East pipelines sued Energy Transfer last summer in federal court. Chester County’s district attorney, Tom Hogan, has said he is demanding documents from the company as part of a criminal investigation he said he opened last month.
GOVERNORS HAVE POWER
GOVERNORS CAN ENFORCE LAWS
Use your power
Use the laws
Stop the compressor!
So, yeah, Gov. Baker doesn’t meet with individuals, right? Well, there was a nervous individual sitting outside Baker’s office today, across from me, waiting for his 1:30pm appointment. I wanted to ask him why he’s here (since he’s not an elected) but…
Well, I ended up asking why he was there as he kept sort of looking at me, and fidgeting and fidgeting. I would be nervous if I was about to meet with the Governor by myself, too. I asked if he was there for civilian stuff and he said yes. I said good luck (or something).
I notified Constituent Services that I observed An Individual Who Had An Appointment with Governor Baker and The Individual Was Not an Elected Official, Contradicting Previously Stated Policy About the Governor Not Meeting with Constituents For Any Reason Whatsoever.
You know, just because.