Sinkhole opens up due to pipeline construction

[This article from the WCU student newspaper shows, through local residents’ reactions, some of the types of personal impact from the rushed and rule-breaking Sunoco pipeline construction just north and east of the Borough: yards are destroyed, homeowners could need to evacuate, real estate values may fall… and all that without the feared catastrophic gas […]

Companies persecute lawyers defending environmental rights

And what is the state doing to protect the citizens’ rights to fight off environmental contamination? Unfortunately, the PA Department of Environmental Protection has itself sued Grant and Highland municipalities for trying to fend off fracking waste injection through their Home Rule Charters. Our state protecting the polluters: totally unacceptable! Press release from CELDF, Jan […]

Has Sunoco no shame?

Sunoco seems determined to make life around here untenable. And if the PA Department of environmental Protection lets it proceed, shame on DEP! The following is an email from activist Bernie Greenberg, under the title “Comments Needed – Sunoco Open Trench in Exton”: This is a critical issue that needs our attention and action. Sunoco, […]

Neighborhood University – Stormwater

West Chester resident Emily Pisano is kindly contributing her observations on the content of Neighborhood University, a good background for all interested in civic life. And as anyone reading this knows, “government is us!” For week 2 and a link to the more info about the program, see here. Walking into the West Goshen municipal […]

West Chester Becomes 2nd PA Municipality To Commit To Clean Energy

By Justin Heinze, West Chester Patch, September 21, 2017 WEST CHESTER, PA — The Borough of West Chester, following Phoenixville’s example, became the second municipality in Pennsylvania to commit to 100 percent clean energy during a borough council meeting on Wednesday night. West Chester became the 45th municipality in the United States to pass the […]

Rep. Comitta (D-156) proposes Pipeline Communication and Safety Board

See her video announcement “Comitta Fighting To Keep Pipelines Safe” at YouTube. Text there: Published on Jun 19, 2017 The creation of a Pipeline Communication and Safety Board is needed, as our state government struggles to keep residents up to date on pipeline construction, operation and maintenance. The Pipeline Communication and Safety Board will ensure […]

Another win for local environmental rights

Governor Wolf has now vetoed a bill that would have allowed the state to override local rights in one more area: HB 1071 would have put into PA law that “no political subdivision may impose a ban, fee, surcharge or tax on a recyclable plastic bag supplied by a retail establishment to a purchaser of […]