Fringe activists are allowed to continue to say anything they please even failing acknowledge the facts. A recent article by the Keystone State News Connection, which was reposted from a Canadian outlet, appears to have been written from a press release by the fringe group, Clean Air Council, without any attempt to validate his baseless claims. Additionally, the article fails to provide any attempt at balance.
The article titled, “Explosion Spark Calls for More Pipeline Scrutiny” might as well just serve as a train of thought by Joseph Minot, executive director of the Clean Air Council because he gets a lot of facts wrong.
Minot claims that the Mariner East pipeline was not “permitted” and is not being “monitored” correctly when in fact, the Mariner East 2 pipeline received unprecedented regulatory scrutiny and the Department of Environmental protection said, “the permits are the most stringent DEP has ever issued.” The project has also received heightened regulatory oversight compared to other projects due to an agreement that the Clean Air Council, Minot’s organization, agreed to with the pipeline’s developer.
And let’s be clear, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says that pipelines are the safest means to transport energy resources. In fact, they are more than 4.5 times safer than transport by rail, a possible alternative.
Minot can choose not to believe the facts, but he should not be allowed to make up his own.