This is a guest post written by Doug McCord

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection states in its Mission Statement “…to provide for the health and safety of its citizens…” , however, the application of that provision appears to vary with where you are. A case in point is odorless, colorless gas that can kill. The DEP responds differently to protecting different groups of citizens threatened by lethal odorless, colorless gas (OCG).

Years ago, when residents of Centralia were faced with an OCG seeping into their homes, they had no way of detecting its presence. The DEP helped them by providing gas detectors in private homes at no cost to the homeowner.

More recently, when East Whiteland Township residents were faced with OCG seeping into their homes, they too needed a way to detect it.  Again, the DEP arranged for test kits in private homes at no cost to the homeowner.

Now, when residents along the Mariner East pipeline are faced with a potential leak of OCG, all they get is a few safety instructions (such as “run upwind”). They have no means of detecting the gas!  How is the DEP providing for the health and safety of these citizens? 

If you live in the impact zone of the Mariner East pipeline, please reach out to your township supervisors and elected officials in Harrisburg to ask where your DEP assistance is. Reach out to the DEP at RA-EPWW-SERO@pa.gov. Reach out to Energy Transfer, the parent of Sunoco (the pipeline operator) at info@energytransfer.com. Don’t residents along Mariner East deserve equal treatment?