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Protestors to rally against Mariner East Pipeline on Dec. 10

By Bob Downing Published: December 9, 2013

A press release received today:

Protesters Rally at Sunoco Logistics’ Center City Headquarters on Human Rights Day


Groups Oppose Export of Fracked NGLs due to Climate, Air, Water, Health Impacts


What:Stop the Mariner East Pipeline Rally

When:12:30 pm – 1 pm Tuesday, December 10th 2013 -- Human Rights Day

Where:Sunoco Logistics Headquarters, 1818 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Who:Protecting Our Waters, Clean Air Council, 350 Philadelphia

Visuals:Colorful banners, signs; protesters with chattering teeth


Press are invited to come to Nook Bakery and Coffee Bar at 15 S. 20th St. at 12 noon to speak with the organizers prior to the rally.Journalists have human rights too – and it will be a cold day!


In the opening volley of public protest against large corporations’ plans to turn the Philadelphia area into a shale energy “hub,” protesters will brace themselves against the cold on December 10th, Human Rights Day, to demand that Sunoco Logistics drop their plans for the Mariner East Pipeline project.


The Mariner East Pipeline, if completed, would bring natural gas liquids (NGLs), propane and ethane, over 300 miles across Pennsylvania, through Southeastern PA to Marcus Hook. First about half a million gallons a day of the fossil fuel, then over one million gallons a day, would be exported to Norway from a Delaware River dock just across the state line in Delaware.


Sunoco plans to complete the pipeline, an old gas pipeline that may not be safe for natural gas liquids, despite the fact that three similar pipelines, including two natural gas liquids pipelines, have exploded into 300-foot tall fireballs just in the past 3 months (IL, TX, MO). There is no evidence that this natural gas liquids pipeline would be safe for Pennsylvania residents.



Protesters aim to prevent the NGLs from being exported by Range Resources using the Mariner East pipeline, citing:

  • Climateimpacts from every phase of shale gas drilling, extraction, processing, transportation, storage, and use
  • Negative health impacts from air emissions during every stage of NGL production, including drilling, fracking, fracking flowback waste, the MarkWest refinery, compressor stations and more. Multiple pathways of exposure include water, air, and food.
  • Pipeline safety issues: where’s the evacuation plan for 300 miles of Mariner East pipeline? Three 300-foot fireballs in just the past three months shows this is not safe.
  • Mariner East pipeline completion would harm land, trees, wildlife, and violate property rights by taking land for private profit using eminent domain.
  • Pennsylvania's air is being rapidly degraded by heavy fracking, Chester suffers from terrible environmental racism with intense air pollution, and Philadelphia gets a failing grade on air. This is the time to decrease, not increase, toxic air emissions!


Why Human Rights Day?

  • This project goes in the wrong direction altogether: as the suffering from Hurricane Katrina to Superstorm Sandy to Typhoon Haiyan shows, we must devote ourselves to a sustainable future 100%. It’s a matter of human rights. According to World Health Organization, “Besides environmental and economic damage, the ultimate impact of climate change is a toll on our most precious resource – human lives and health.”
  • Ordinary people like Joseph Giovannini are being and have already been displaced by toxic emissions from the MarkWest refinery in Houston, PA, the starting point of the Mariner East Pipeline. The MarkWest refinery is violating human rights.



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