Concerned state reps tour pipeline sites with governor

WEST GOSHEN, Aug. 22 – State Reps. Carolyn Comitta and Kristine Howard today toured the Mariner East 1 pipeline with Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Environmental Protection Executive Deputy Secretary Ramez Ziadeh.

A high-consequence area, Pennsylvania’s Chester County is disproportionately affected by pipelines, with over 600 miles of pipe crisscrossing the county, including the 80-year-old Mariner East 1 pipeline.

Constituents are concerned with safety and transparency.

Comitta and Howard are committed to improving lines of communication among elected officials, regulatory agencies, and operators to ensure proper oversight. 

“Public health and safety must always be our number one priority,” said Comitta, D-Chester. “Our families deserve to be and feel safe in their homes, schools and places of work. It is the job of elected officials to do all we can to protect the people we serve.

“We appreciate very much that Gov. Wolf is here in our community listening to the serious concerns of residents who live along the Mariner East pipeline. We will continue to work closely with the governor to keep public safety our top priority.”

“Nowhere else in the commonwealth do pipelines zig-zag through so many high-density residential areas as here in our own backyard,” said Howard, D-Chester. “We let Governor Wolf know that Chester County will not be kept in the dark. My constituents – and my family – deserve safety and peace of mind.”

“We also want to express our appreciation to all those residents living along the pipeline for their persistent and thoughtful efforts to protect public safety,” Comitta added.

Comitta, whose district covers the sites toured, has been working with the governor and DEP since she was first elected in 2016 to improve pipeline safety and transparency, including hosting townhalls, and facilitating meetings with Energy Transfer Partners, the operator of the Mariner East pipelines.

About Rep. Carolyn Comitta – Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, was elected state representative for the 156th Legislative District in November 2016. The district includes Birmingham, East Goshen, Thornbury, West Goshen (part, District North) and Westtown townships and the Borough of West Chester.

About Rep. Kristine Howard – Kristine Howard (D-Chester) was elected state representative for the 167th Legislative District in November 2018. The district includes Charlestown, East Whiteland, Easttown, West Pikeland, West Whiteland, Willistown Township, and Malvern Borough.