Time to Go on Offense and Sue PA Big Green Groups

Yesterday MDN brought you the news that THE Delaware Riverkeeper and several residents from West Goshen, PA (in Chester County, near Philadelphia) had lost a court appeal that would have stopped Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline in the town due to a violation of a local zoning ordinance (see PA Town Loses Appeal to Block ME2 Pipe with Local Zoning Ordinance). Our coverage of that story was from the perspective that local town ordinances do not trump state oil and gas regulations. Which is true. However, MDN friend Tom Shepstone, writing on his always-excellent Natural Gas Now website, had a slightly different take on the importance of the lawsuit. There is a deeper, more insidious strategy at play by Riverkeeper that Tom picked up on in this lawsuit. He does a masterful job of exposing that strategy (using the PA Environmental Rights Amendment) in his post, which we reproduce below. Which is interesting, and everyone needs to be aware of what’s happening. However, it was Tom’s final solution/admonition that had us standing up and cheering. Tom concludes (as MDN has been advocating for years) that it’s time to take the fight to the opposition. Their strategy of endless, frivolous lawsuits is having a negative effect on our industry. It’s time we litigate them in return–and expose their fraudulent use of our tax system to shield their overt political activities. It’s time to sue them…

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