Knowing of your interest in the environment, I want to inform you of a public hearing and meeting to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m. at West Chester University. Per my request, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is convening a hearing on the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co.’s (Transco) plan to install a 42-inch natural-gas pipeline across the east branch of the Brandywine Creek and the nearby Ludwig’s Run.
I and a host of other local environmental experts plan to speak against the company’s plan to install the pipeline by use of the “coffer-dam/open-cut” method (which will require damming and diverting the creek) instead of a method far less destructive to the Brandywine.
I hope you can join me at the hearing in Sykes’ Theater either to offer a public comment (see instructions below) or to simply listen and follow an issue of great environmental importance to the Brandywine Creek and Chester County residents.
The company’s proposed installation plan concerns me not only for its effect on the Brandywine Creek and the 10,000-plus local residents who rely on it for their drinking water, but also because of the precedent it will set for future natural-gas pipelines across waterways throughout Chester County and the Commonwealth.
I hope to see you on Tuesday evening. Let’s express to our regulatory agencies how Chester County depends on the Brandywine Creek for drinking water, for recreation, and for our overall quality of life. Let’s share with the DEP what steps we believe should be taken to protect the Brandywine Creek today and for future generations.
State Senator - 19th District
P.S. Those seeking to present public comment at the hearing can reserve up to five minutes to do so by contacting Deborah Fries at the DEP at 484-250-5808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.