Herrin applauds charges against Energy Transfer, calls on governor to revoke Mariner East permits immediately

WEST CHESTER, Oct. 5 -- State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, applauded the charges that Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today against Energy Transfer L.P., developer of the Mariner East pipeline project.

The pipeline operator is charged with performing horizontal drilling to cross streams, wetlands and roads without permits in at least 23 locations across the commonwealth, not reporting hundreds upon hundreds of chemical-laden drilling fluid leaks and losses to DEP and nearby well owners, not reporting complaints of private drinking well contamination across the state, using unapproved chemicals in the drilling fluid, and illegally discharging industrial waste into Pennsylvania’s waters.

“This company’s reckless behavior and willful ignorance of the laws of our commonwealth are a direct violation of our constitutional right to clean air and water,” Herrin said. “I applaud the attorney general for holding this bad actor accountable and pushing back against this company that has severely damaged the health, safety and well-being of our communities, our environment and Pennsylvanians across the state.”

The announcement comes following a grand jury investigation which recommended that Energy Transfer be charged with 22 counts of prohibition of discharge of industrial waste under the Clean Streams Law; 22 counts of prohibition against other pollutions under the Clean Streams Law; two misdemeanor counts of unlawful conduct under the Clean Streams Law; and one felony count of unlawful conduct under the Clean Streams Law.

“These charges of blatant negligence solidify the fact that it is past time for Governor Tom Wolf and DEP Secretary McDonnell to immediately pull the Mariner East pipeline permits and halt all new permitting for this project,” Herrin said.

The Mariner East pipeline runs through 17 counties in the commonwealth – including Herrin’s district, which impacts residents of West Goshen, East Goshen and Westtown Townships.

More information is available by contacting Herrin’s office at 610-696-4990.