For Immediate Release
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a new $12.6 million grant program for local municipalities. The funds come from the agency’s settlement with Sunoco Logistics over the company’s reckless violations of state environmental laws during construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline.
The following statement was released by Sam Rubin, Eastern Pennsylvania Organizer with Food & Water Watch:
“Governor Wolf is using money raised from the contamination of drinking water in communities around Pennsylvania to buy off and silence dissent in those communities. The governor allowed a reckless corporate polluter to contaminate water and violate state law over one hundred times while building a dangerous pipeline, and is now turning around and offering municipalities threatened by Sunoco’s recklessness the chance to win small grants to promote clean water.
“Once again, the Wolf administration shows that they will protect Sunoco’s profits more than the health, safety, and welfare of Pennsylvanians. This money is a pathetic attempt to garner good publicity for the Wolf administration. The disasters we have seen so far are due to the simple fact that the Wolf administration allowed this dangerous and flawed project to go through in the first place. Citizens opposed to this pipeline warned of these dangers before the drilling even began, and the governor failed to listen. Offering these communities a small amount of money to make up for his failure to protect them is beyond absurd."