|Posted:||December 11, 2018 09:12 AM|
|From:||Senator Andrew E. Dinniman and Sen. Thomas H. Killion|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Pipeline Siting Review|
|We will be reintroducing SB 928 of last session, legislation to strengthen the pipeline siting review process. This bill comes in response to numerous constituents with serious and legitimate concerns as a number of these pipelines carrying volatile materials come within proximity to schools, hospitals, nursing homes and private residences. In the event of a catastrophic incident, these high consequence areas will be placed in serious harm.
Specifically, the legislation will do the following: Prior to the new construction of pipelines or pipeline construction projects, a public utility shall submit an application to the PA Public Utility Commission (PUC) for authorization regarding the siting of the pipeline to be constructed in order to meet safety and environmental metrics, such as land use, soil/sedimentation, plant/wildlife habitats, terrain, hydrology, landscape, etc. It also requires consultation with PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the local governing body of a county and the local emergency management organization coordinators in evaluating each metric, and at least two public hearings in each county in which the construction would take place.
Co-sponsors of SB 928 last session included Senators Rafferty, Costa, Mensch, Killion and McGarrigle. We hope you will join me in sponsoring this important piece of legislation that aims to protect citizens and the environment by ensuring thorough review of pipeline siting.