WEST CHESTER (August 21, 2019) – Residents have less than a week to submit comments to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) under its current review of safety regulations regarding hazardous material pipelines, state Senator Andy Dinniman said.

“The serious and ongoing public safety concerns regarding the Mariner East pipeline project have shed light on the lack of adequate regulatory safeguards at the state level,” Dinniman said. “This is an important part of the process and I encourage all impacted and concerned residents to voice their very real and very valid concerns regarding pipeline safety.”

The deadline to submit comments is Wednesday, August 28.

Comments can be submitted electronically online at http://www.puc.pa.gov/about_puc/consolidated_case_view.aspx?Docket=L-2019-3010267 or be sent to the PUC (attention Secretary Rosemary Chiavetta) at 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Residents should remember to reference Docket No. L-2019-3010267.

To submit comments electronically, residents will need to create an account, which can be done at this link: https://www.puc.pa.gov/efiling/NewUser.aspx

In a move that apparently came in response to ongoing problems with and concerns about Mariner East, the PUC voted in June to seek broad-based public input on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Order. The administrative law process aims to help guide discussions about potential changes to Commission safety regulations that would more comprehensively regulate public utilities transporting petroleum products and other hazardous liquids in intrastate commerce.

Dinniman encouraged residents, who have not done so already, to submit comments before time runs out.

In addition, he pointed to multiple resources and templates available online to assist residents in crafting their comments, including a checklist developed by West Whiteland Residents for Pipeline Safety and an in-depth explanation provided by Dragonpipe Diary.

Residents can also refer to comments submitted by Del Chesco United for Pipeline Safety, as well as those made available by a number of other citizens groups, for guidance.