UWCHLAN—On Saturday, impacted residents and homeowners successfully used their cars as a blockade on Devon Drive to halt Mariner East construction for three and a half hours.
The homeowners and residents from Uwchlan township had parked six cars along the street, interrupting construction of the Mariner East pipeline during pullback.
“On Saturday April 27, residents in Uwchlan Township took Mariner East pipeline concerns into their own hands and successfully interrupted construction activities temporarily. For years residents of Uwchlan Township have knocked on every state agency's door asking for help and the doors have been closed,” said Rebecca Britton, impacted resident of Uwchlan, who parked her car in front of the easement ingress.
“If a law is unjust, then it is our duty to disobey. This pipeline is unjust and we need to stand up and protect our community. This is not something I wanted to do. But our government and our regulators have failed us. We have been forced to resort to this to protect our safety and environment,” said Carrie Gross, impacted resident of Uwchlan, who parked her car in front of the easement ingress.
Connor Young, impacted resident of Uwchlan, who parked his car in front of the easement ingress, said, “The fight for our environment is a fight that has to be fought in our backyards. This is a worldwide fight, and the only way it can be fought is if everyone fights it in our backyard. That means fighting the corporations that are destroying people and our planet. We’re just not going to let them do that.”
The Mariner East pipeline runs 350 miles through West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The pipeline has more than 41 schools in its probable fatality blast zone. The project will carry highly volatile liquids which will be shipped overseas to make plastic.
Residents have met with Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, and representatives of the Public Utility Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection, as well as countless local officials. Current lawsuits are before the PUC and Commonwealth Court.