Friday, March 18, 2016

News regarding Sunoco Pipeline in Chester county

Just in from the Suburban West Realtors Association

Residents air concerns about pipeline ‘bullying’
Led by state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-19th), local residents frustrated with the alleged tactics of Sunoco’s ‘pipeline agents’ delivered testimony about their experiences during a rally at a former Revolutionary War battlefield in Malvern. Sunoco has plans to lay pipelines across Chester County and has contracted agents to negotiate easements with residents in order to lay pipeline through their property. The event, organized by Sen. Dinniman, drew roughly 30 residents and revolved around the theme “pipeline bullying.” During the event Dinniman highlighted legislation he has proposed to handle disrespectful and abusive agents. The legislation calls for background checks and requires land agents to have a thorough knowledge of Pennsylvania’s eminent domain laws. He said if agents fail to adhere to the criteria specified in the legislation, they could lose their right to practice their profession. In more serious situations, some could go to jail. Dinniman said Sunoco is involved in 36 lawsuits in Chester County, 33 of which deal with eminent domain. State Rep. Duane Milne (R-167), whose district is also impacted by the pipeline construction, said he is sponsoring legislation similar to Dinniman’s. He said some pipeline agents have behaved like they belonged in the “wild west.”
Source: Daily Times; 3/12/2016

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