State Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), December 19, 2017
WEST CHESTER (December 19, 2017) – Calling the impacts of Sunoco’s Mariner East II Pipeline drilling “unacceptable,” state Senator Andy Dinniman again today called on Governor Tom Wolf to suspend the project until constituents’ concerns are resolved.
“In my district alone, pipeline construction has contaminated almost two dozen wells, disrupted businesses, created significant environmental damage, and resulted in the development of an expanding sinkhole that currently threatens at least two private homes and is within 100 feet of Amtrak’s Keystone Line,” Dinniman wrote in a December 18 letter to Wolf. “I should point out that all of these incidents have occurred in a single Chester County municipality [West Whiteland Township] as a result of pipeline construction.”
Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, has been a vocal critic of the way the pipeline was being constructed and an advocate for voicing residents’ environmental, public health, property rights, and safety concerns related to the project….
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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. …
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Letter from PA Senator Andy Dinniman (D-19), Daily Local News, 10/11/16
Val DiGiorgio is so obsessed with the fact that there is a Democrat in the mostly Republican Chester County legislative delegation that his phony attacks on me have become an unfortunate part of his persona.
Val, who is a paid Harrisburg lobbyist, knows that 96 percent of the votes in the senate are either unanimous, procedural, or have only one or two dissenters. Thus, he knowingly made a fallacious comparison in saying that I only voted with the Republicans 35 times out of 1,597 roll call votes since January 2009.
I’ve been elected and reelected in Chester County because voters here are fiercely independent and still care deeply about the substance of issues, not Val’s phony statistics.
Let’s look at my votes over the last year. They clearly show that I listen and respond to my constituents, who support me at their independent voice….
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