Eliminating Fossil Fuel Pipelines — So We have a Healthy Future
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In 1971, the following passage was placed in the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”
"The federal and state environmental laws which polluting industries are supposed to respect and adhere to, enable them to release significant and damaging emissions that are legal and yet violate the limits of these environmental laws without suffering any serious criminal or financial punishments, even if they make numerous or hundreds of violations."
"The harms of green house gas (GHG) pollutants and the consequences of global warming — such as wildfires, droughts, floods, the wider and more persistent spread of plant-killing and disease-carrying insects, and increased disease in humans, animals, and crops — disproportionately affect the most vulnerable which includes children, the elderly, ethnic minorities, poor communities, and those with underlying health problems."
Links to the articles and informational websites I used in this writing:
By Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick
Schools in the Path of Mariner East 2
Chester County Planning Commission, Pipeline Information Center
Sunoco failed to disclose some risks of Mariner East pipeline, was ‘negligent’ in response to concerns, judge rules
PA Act 359 - Oil and Gas Conservation Law (PDF)