Pennsylvania has its own version of Keystone XL Pipeline – and Gov. Wolf says he won’t stop construction of the Mariner East Pipeline

Governor Wolf recently visited about 100 concerned citizens in Chester County regarding the many concerns of constructing a natural gas pipeline across the commonwealth to ports east, where the natural gas, extracted from the Utica and Marcellus shale formations across the state, will be exported to other countries.

After listening to the residents’ and citizens’ concerns, Governor Wolf told them (very quietly) that he will not stop the construction of the Sunoco/Energy Transfer Mariner East Pipeline.

I was wrong

Meanwhile, State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) had been so moved by his visit with these same residents that he issued a statement regarding the Mariner East Pipeline following Governor Wolf’s previous visit to an area of the pipeline route:

“Hearing from the impacted residents at the Mariner East Pipeline construction site has reaffirmed that I can no longer support fracking in Pennsylvania,” Leach said. “I used to believe that we should push for stronger regulations, while passing a severance tax, so we can fund worthwhile initiatives. However, I have learned that I was wrong. The money is just not worth the environmental impact or the danger it poses to the residents of the Commonwealth. We should enact a complete ban on fracking and its infrastructure. I am renewing my demand to halt the Mariner East Pipeline construction.  I also call on my colleagues to join me in rejecting fracking and opposing  Governor Wolf’s pro fracking legislation. We should no longer try to play the odds and hope for the best when the stakes are so high. It’s time to stop fracking in Pennsylvania.”

Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. He can be reached at www.senatorleach.com/newsroom.

The money is just not worth the environmental impact or the danger it poses to the residents of the Commonwealth

PA State Senator Daylin Leach

So, Sen. Leach shows that minds can be changed, if elected officials actually care enough to listen to their constituents rather than a handful of corporatists.

We should enact a complete ban on fracking and its infrastructure

Leach was crystal clear in his message when he said “I was wrong… It’s time to stop fracking in Pennsylvania.” He’s ‘woke’. He now gets it. Will others?

For more information, visit www.haltmarinernow.org/.