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Regional Pipeline Activity Update
Department of Environmental Protection Issues Temporary Partial Halt to Drilling
On Tuesday, July 25, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it will enforce a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with Sunoco Pipeline L.P. for violations associated with its Mariner East 2 project.
Due to concerns raised by the plaintiffs in the case, the Environmental Hearing Board halted horizontal directional drilling (HDD) activities, effective immediately, until a supesedeas hearing, scheduled for August 7.
Last week Representative Chris Quinn (R-168) and I sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Mariner East II pipeline project requesting that DEP expeditiously publish all Notices of Violation related to the Mariner East II project on the departmentís Mariner East Pipeline Portal web page. This is just one additional step we felt the department could take to ensure transparency you can now check the portal for updates. http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/ProgramIntegration/Pennsylvania-Pipeline-Portal/Pages/Mariner-East-II.aspx
I have also called on officials involved with the Mariner East II /Sunoco Pipeline project to attend regular weekly briefings for local municipal representatives to increase accountability and the exchange of critical information between all those along the project. Representatives from the municipalities in 9th Senatorial District will be invited to the briefings. The briefings will include representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection, emergency responders and Sunoco. Invitations will also be sent to other regulators involved in oversight including the Public Utility Commission and federal agencies as deemed necessary by the group.
Additional Resources related to Pipeline Activity
DEP Southeast Regional Office 24 hour hotline: 484 250-5900
Sunoco 24/7 emergency information/reporting number: 855-430-4491
Senate Advances Possible Solution to Close Budget Process; Sends Long Sought-after Severance Tax to House
On Thursday, July 27, the Pennsylvania State Senate approved a proposal to fund the budget passed by the General Assembly in June. The proposal included a severance tax which now goes on to the House of Representative for its consideration. Under the proposal drillers extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania will pay a severance tax on top of what they pay through the stateís impact fee.
This yearís budget presented a series of historic challenges. Without sustainable, reliable new revenue streams, we face a situation in which the state will almost certainly suffer another credit downgrade that will cost Pennsylvanians tens of millions of dollars in additional borrowing costs.
The budget process is not over yet, but this is a very significant step to advance the process forward. I will continue to advocate for the severance tax as a tool to help support regulators at DEP to help preserve and protect the environment.
Route 322 Update
U.S. 322 Daytime Restrictions Next Week for Improvement Project in Concord Township
Daytime lane closures are scheduled next week on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) from U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) to just east of Clayton Park Drive in Concord Township.
On Monday, July 31, through Friday, August 4, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, flaggers will direct an alternating single lane of traffic on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) through various work areas along the 2.6-mile construction zone.
Motorists should expect delays on U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway) and on northbound U.S. 1 (Baltimore Pike) approaching U.S. 322 (Conchester Highway), allow extra time for travel through the work areas, or use an alternate route. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
For more information and to sign up for email alerts about the project, go to us322conchester.com.
For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the departmentís Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.
PHEAA Reminds Students of Upcoming State Grant Deadlines
First-time Pennsylvania State Grant applicants planning to attend community college during the 2017 academic year are reminded that the programís application deadline is August 1.
Additionally, students who are first-time applicants enrolled in a 2-year program of study at business school, trade or technical schools, hospital schools of nursing and community, junior or 4-year colleges or universities who are enrolled in a non-transferable program of study must also submit their State Grant applications by August 1.
Eligibility Requirements: http://www.pheaa.org/funding-opportunities/index.shtml
Award-Winning PA Amusement Parks Await Your Visit
Amusement parks with a history abound in PA. Some have risen from a fish hatchery, another as a picnic and relaxation area for a companyís employees, and two others with ties to popular childrenís TV shows.
For safe and fun-filled memories of your trip to the amusement park, the Pennsylvania Department of Agricultureís Weights and Measures Division registers, inspects, and educates park visitors, as well as owners and attraction operators. Questions may be directed to the Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 4 p.m., at 717-787-2291.
PAís Black Fly Suppression Program Accepting Official Complaint Reports
Thirty-eight Pennsylvania counties participate in the Pennsylvania Black Fly Suppression Program, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
For the remaining counties, DEP recommends avoiding black fly infected areas, participating in outdoor activities during midday, and staying indoors during warm, cloudy, and humid days. DEP finds gnats or black flies are most aggressive before summer thunderstorms and advises against exposure.
Following DEPís tips for wearing a light-colored hat, tucked-in pants and long-sleeves, along with glasses or goggles, will significantly add to your protection against black flies. Skip attractants such as perfume, deodorant, hairspray, and toiletries, in favor of insect repellent.
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How to Contact Me
I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.
The district offices are located at:
4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.
780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.
Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
Senate Box 203009
4110 Edgmont Ave
780 E. Market St