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Gov. Wolf says he won't stop Mariner East construction

The governor met with several residents and elected officials at a pipeline construction site in Chester County.


The governor was a changed man.

Gov. Tom Wolf smiled often during a recent walking tour of West Chester Borough in Chester County. On that tour he told pipeline foes that he would soon tour the pipeline construction site.

Wolf kept to his word Thursday, and met about 100 residents and fellow elected officials within feet of the Sunoco/Energy Transfer Mariner East pipeline route.

The Mariner East 1, 2 and 2X pipelines are designed to carry natural gas liquids from the Utica and Marcellus shale formations to ports on the East Coast. They also cut through Berks County.

The governor received some applause when he stopped to listen and talk. He was surrounded five deep and sometimes talked in little more than a whisper.

That trademark smile was gone. The governor did not give those impacted by pipelines much to smile about either when he definitively said several times that he would not halt construction.

The press and media were not notified about the event. ...Read full article

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