Governor Wolf’s order, shutting down all non-life-sustaining businesses (including all construction), officially went into effect on Friday, March 20. All construction work on the Dragonpipe (Mariner East pipeline system) is included in the shutdown.
However, Wolf has announced that enforcement of the order will be delayed two more days, until Monday, March 23, at 8:00 a.m. giving businesses the weekend to do an orderly shutdown if they need the time. After that, businesses can file for a waiver if they feel their work is really “life-sustaining”. The wording of the waiver policy is very clear, however: “businesses applying for a waiver must remain closed until a decision is made about their application.”
On Monday morning, if you find construction is still happening, the company is violating the law. Call the police and call your township office. Wolf has explicitly called on local officials to enforce his order.
You may want to print out a copy of the Governor’s order to present to the foreman at the work site. Anyone continuing to do construction work after 8 a.m. Monday is subject to arrest.
Thank You, George! We’ll be watching!
Sunoco has been on out street for almost three years. They had to drill and pull pipe through blue granite, under wetlands and under the street. It looked like a war zone and has been a nightmare. They are finally finished, and began grading to hydroseed and restore the area. They were about a week or two from finishing and clearing out. This order only extends the nightmare for us.
Charles, that may be true where you live, but many parts of the pipeline are far from complete. They are many months from being finished, and once they are “finished”, the biggest risk to lives begins.