Comitta finds pipeline concerns trump all others

by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 8/31/18

WEST CHESTER — Right now, pipeline safety is more important to residents in state Rep. Carolyn Comitta’s 156th Legislative District than any other issue.

In a telephone town hall Wednesday night, 57 percent of those polled cited the most pressing safety concern in the district to be Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, with gun violence coming in at 27 percent, and crime at 12 percent.

“We have the Mariner East pipeline traversing our district, going through West Goshen, East Goshen and Westtown, and these are volatile liquid pipelines,” Comitta said. “They are in the most densely populated area than any liquid pipeline which traverses the county.”

Comitta told those who attended the meeting by phone that the pipeline is closely located to three schools in the district, along with the highly populated Wellington Nursing Home.

“I am not surprised that 57 percent said pipeline is the greatest concern for safety,” Comitta said. “I am working on doing everything I can to put public safety over corporate profits.”

Comitta said she has communicated her pipeline safety concerns with the Public Utility Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection and other appropriate agencies.

“Sunoco has a bad record for accidents and violations,” Comitta said. “This creates an even greater concern.”…

keep reading, including other issues, at Daily Local News. See also “Dinniman: Nearly a Dozen Chester County Schools Near Pipeline “Blast Zone,” Daily Local News, 8/22/18, and “Lack of Pipeline Safety Info Puts Schools, Students at Risk,” Daily Local News, 8/27/18 (download here: Guest-Column-Pipeline-School-FINAL-8-23-2018

Row Office Wars: Sheriff fails to meet subpoena for K-9 info, controller says

by Michael P. Rellahan, Daily Local News, 8/25/18

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Sheriff’s Office has failed to fully comply with the request of the county’s controller for financial records concerning the sheriff’s K-9 Unit funding, according to a statement by the controller.

The Sheriff’s Office missed a deadline last week to turn over all records of the revenues, purchases and expenses for the K-9 Unit from January 2009 to the present, as was detailed in a subpoena that was delivered to the office earlier this month. The subpoena came after Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh declined to submit the K-9 Unit to an audit by the Controller’s Office.

“We have only received partial records for three years,” Controller Margaret Reif said in response to questions from the Daily Local News about progress that was made toward fulfilling the terms of the subpoena and supplying the items requested. “They were asked to provide all records by 4 p.m. Friday and failed to comply with that request….

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Controller not happy with sheriff’s records

By Michael Rellahan Daily Local News, 8/16/18

WEST CHESTER >> Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh has not fully complied with the subpoena the county Controller’s Office issued against her for records concerning her office’s K-9 Unit, the controller says.

“Our office is not at all satisfied with the compliance of the subpoena,” Controller Margaret Reif told the Daily Local News on Wednesday in an email. “We have received, and are currently reviewing, only a portion of what was required of the sheriff.”

Reif confirmed last week that her office had taken the rare and unusual step of issuing a subpoena against a county elected official to turn over documents that her office had requested as part of a formal audit….

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