Welcoming FBI investigation, Dinniman says scrutiny of pipeline process long overdue

WEST CHESTER  – While news that the FBI is investigating how permits were issued for the Sunoco/ET Mariner East pipeline spread across Chester County, Pennsylvania, and the nation this week, for state Senator Andy Dinniman questions about the project and its permits are nothing new. In fact, Dinniman has been on the record in raising serious concerns about the safety and permitting of the controversial...

Setting the record straight on blame for the pipeline

Editor’s Note: Corrected the source of the mailers, which is Conservation Voters of PA By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times A popular trope on the Internet is “vote blue, no matter who.” As we’ve seen with the likes of Tulsi Gabbard (not to mention so many GOP examples it is impossible to list them all), blind party loyalty is a massive disservice to our country — and how too many elected...

Commissioners announce details on pipeline hearings

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline (center) and Terence Farrell (far right) tour the Mariner East pipeline in Exton, PA on Friday, accompanied by concerned residents. WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell are announcing details of two days of hearings that will occur in Chester County so residents and municipal officials, parties...

Commissioners seek threat assessment on pipeline safety

WEST CHESTER — Energy Transfer — the company managing the construction and operation of the controversial Mariner East II pipeline — might be selling a public image of safety, economic growth and such, but after a number of incidents, extreme secrecy, alleged deception and open questions whether the project is a clear and present danger to the people of Chester County, the county commissioners...

Letter: Energy efficiency for natural gas

To The Editor, Natural gas has numerous benefits in Pennsylvania — it’s plentiful, incredibly efficient, and provides cost-savings to consumers. But there is one advantage that doesn’t garner much media attention: Natural gas is environmentally friendly. In fact, natural gas is the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel, and the industry continues to develop more innovative ways to reduce...

DA’s Office announces arrest of two state Constables over pipeline work

Michael Robel (left) and Kareen Johnson. Just days after a loud boom startled pipeline neighbors — an incident now under investigation — county law enforcement authorities arrested two state Constables for misusing their elected positions on behalf of the Mariner East II pipeline. Chester County District Attorney Chief of Staff Charles Gaza announced the arrest of two state constables for illegally...

Mariner East II ‘Backfire’ startles W. Goshen residents, minor home damage reported

Hundreds of West Goshen residents reported Monday night being startled by a loud, house shaking boom from the Mariner East pipeline. While Energy Transfer, the company building and operating Mariner East and Mariner East II, claimed it was little more than the sound of a car backfire: “During routine maintenance at our Boot Station in West Goshen Twp., there was a backfire on a flare at approximately...

Sunday Punch: Did some local Democrats sell us out on the Pipeline?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Minus a gallbladder and feeling moderately human for the first time since before the Super Bowl, in the first Sunday Punch of April, we look at lots of fun stuff: wind turbine cancer, jumping to conclusions, how we all hate social media but can’t quit it and of course, the impressive ability of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. We’ll start with...

Commissioners file suit against Sunoco over pipeline construction

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell, and the County of Chester have filed a civil lawsuit against Sunoco Pipeline LP regarding the Mariner East pipeline project.  The Commissioners and the County are seeking a permanent injunction against Sunoco relating to the company’s disregard of the language of supplemental permanent easements located...

Commissioners rip ‘redacted’ Sunoco pipeline emergency plan

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell view an excerpt from the heavily redacted Sunoco pipeline emergency management plan. WEST CHESTER — After many requests, and eventually demands, the Chester County Commissioners confirmed receipt Thursday by the Department of Emergency Services of the long-awaited Sunoco pipeline emergency management plan.  But the...