Category Archives: Energy & environment

Dinniman Introduces Legislative Package on Pipelines

From Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), July 24, 2017

WEST CHESTER (June 24, 2017) – State Senator Andy Dinniman has introduced a package of legislation designed to protect local communities, natural resources, and individual property rights in the crosshairs of the ever-growing number of pipelines planned in Chester County and Pennsylvania.

“While southeastern Pennsylvania and Chester County may not be home to actual drilling operations, our neighborhoods, communities, and natural resources are significantly impacted by the growing network of pipelines,” Dinniman said.

The bills are as follows:

• Senate Bill 605, introduced by Senator Dinniman and Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr., calls for establishing an impact fee that pipeline companies would pay to the municipalities and counties bisected by their pipelines. Under the legislation, the amount of the impact fee would be based on the acreage of linear feet plus right-of-way width of a pipeline using the county average land value in an affected area. Fifty percent of the impact fee would go to the county that is home to the respective pipeline. Forty percent would go to the municipality that is home to the pipeline. The remaining 10 percent would go to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for administration and enforcement of the law. The bill is currently in the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

• Senate Bill 574 would allow local municipalities and school districts to tax natural gas pipelines. …

keep reading at Senator Andy Dinniman

Judge Orders Sunoco To Halt Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction In PA

by Justin Heinze, West Chester Patch, 7/25/17

WEST GOSHEN, PA — A judge ordered Tuesday that Sunoco halt all construction on the Mariner East 2 Pipeline across Pennsylvania. This comes just after another judge had granted the injunction filed by West Goshen Township against the oil giant weeks ago, ordering all drilling to halt indefinitely in Chester County.

“Safety has been our highest priority from the start, and this decision speaks directly to that concern,” Edward G. Meakim, West Goshen Township’s Chairman of the Township Board of Supervisors, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. “It also validates our position that no one, including Sunoco, is above the law and must be held to full compliance with our 2015 Settlement Agreement.”…

keep reading at West Chester Patch. See also on this topic:

“Comitta joins call for halt to pipeline construction,” Daily Local News, 7/22/17

“Sen. Dinniman: Halt pipeline drilling,” Daily Local News, 7/18/17

(Carolyn Comitta represents the 156th PA House district and Andy Dinniman represents the 19th PA Senate district)

Trump turns US into rogue climate state

Letter from Dr. B. Gerard Bricks in The Times of Chester County, Jun 23rd, 2017

Trump has withdrawn the US from the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump has turned the US into a rogue climate state.Trump is lying to us and the rest of the world about Global Warming/Climate Change (GW/CC) and the supposedly negative economic consequences to the US had the US not withdrawn.

Fortunately, the US does have progressive, forward thinking, fact-based leaders at other levels in the public and private sectors to take the lead. “WeAreStillIn” is proclaimed by: 131 Cities and Counties, 9 States, 186 Colleges and Universities, and over 900 Business and Investors.

These climate leaders know and understand the facts that Trump and his administration do not.

The US has 25% of the world’s GP, spends $1 Trillion/year on our war machine, so contributing a couple $Billion to the Green Climate Fund to help poor countries mitigate the effects of GW/CC is NOT too costly.

The US has only 4.3% of the world’s population, yet our cumulative emissions have created 29% of the GW/CC problem. We have created far more than our fair share of the problem, but Trump says we will not help solve the problem. In fact, he’s going to do his best to make it worse.

This is a global issue and requires a global response. CO2 emitted in the US does not stay in the US. It’s everywhere; the atmosphere is well mixed.

Earth’s atmosphere is a common good. It belongs to every human walking the face of the earth. It is NOT our exclusive greenhouse gas dump….

keep reading at The Times of Chester County