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:
Why Human Rights Day?
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.