WEST CHESTER (June 26, 2020) – State Senator Andy Dinniman, a member of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, today issued the following statement in response to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s grand jury report on the natural gas industry:
“For the past four years, I and others in Chester, Delaware, and Berks Counties have been saying much of what the grand jury report has confirmed. Our concerns have been ignored by the PUC, the DEP, the administration, the courts, and the legislature. We have also introduced numerous bills in the legislature that have not been acted upon to further regulate this industry. With the momentum of this report, we will hopefully get some of these bills approved. In addition, I will consider introducing further bills or updating my legislation based on its findings.
To simply blame the Corbett administration for the problems has not and will not solve the justifiable issues threatening the health and safety of our citizens. This matter is of special concern in Chester, Delaware, and Berks Counties where we have construction of additional pipelines containing hazardous natural gas liquids.
It has not been easy to stand up for the people of my district and for the people of Pennsylvania against huge corporations and an industry that gives millions in political contributions and has extensive lobbying operations in Harrisburg. But the grand jury report shows that we must continue our vigilance and engage in constructive action to protect our communities. We are also awaiting a grand jury report that was initiated over a year ago by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.”