FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 28, 2018
Contact: Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth, 610-678-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerned Citizens, Advocates Call for Mariner East Investigation
Documented Pipeline Leak, Spills in Berks Warrant a Criminal Probe by D.A
Days after Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that his office would conduct a criminal investigation into Sunoco/Energy Transfer’s controversial Mariner East Pipeline, concerned citizens and advocacy groups are calling District Attorney John Adams to launch his own investigation in Berks County.
Berks Gas Truth submitted a letter signed by Berks County residents and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to Adams today citing a PUC formal complaint filed earlier this month regarding the April 2017 leak on the Mariner East 1 pipeline and drilling mud spills in four locations in Berks County that contributed to the temporary suspension of the company’s Mariner East 2 construction permit in January.
“Sunoco/Energy Transfer’s recidivist behavior in Pennsylvania extends far beyond Chester County,” said Karen Feridun, Founder of Berks Gas Truth. “No amount of regulatory wrist-slapping by Governor Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection will address the damage being done, nor will it cause the company to change. We’re glad District Attorney Hogan in Chester County is willing to call it what it is. We urge District Attorney Adams to do the same. We believe he has all the evidence and authority he needs to launch an investigation, but if it’s a formal complaint he wants, we’re more than happy to file one.”
The letter states, “Since the Mariner East projects were first announced, we have had no champions in Harrisburg, so we turn to you to use your jurisdiction to provide long overdue protection to the people, property, and natural resources of Berks County.”