I’ve written in the past about the pumping station for the Dragonpipe (Mariner East pipeline system) that Sunoco built in West Cornwall, Lebanon County, without the proper zoning procedure. Concerned Citizens of Lebanon County have been fighting this case since 2014. Sunoco lost that court case, and the state Supreme Court refused to hear Sunoco’s appeal.
Now, Sunoco is trying again, this time by getting the West Cornwall Township Board of Supervisors to change the zoning ordinances so that “public utilities” (read “Sunoco”) don’t have to go through the normal public-hearing process required for the “conditional use zoning” area where the pumping station has been built.
I urge you to watch the Board of Supervisors meeting tonight (Monday, February 2) at 6:30 to see how this plays out and to bear witness to Sunoco’s legal shenanigans. You’ll need to register at this site ahead of time:
You will then receive a link for the Zoom session. I believe local residents will be able to comment, but the rest of us may not be.
You can read the ordinance they will be voting on here.
I don’t dispute that local officials have the right to change the zoning rules. But do they have the right to make such a change on behalf of a single corporation, years after the fact, and after losing a court battle over this very issue? This is certainly unfair and probably illegal.
Please watch the proceedings tonight. If the board does vote to change the ordinance, at least we can make sure they know many of us watched them doing it.