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Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 8:53 p.m.

The news story “Proposed path of liquid fuel pipeline frightens North Huntingdon neighborhood” (Dec. 2 and raises some questions about the 45-mile Sunoco Logistics Partners LP project: How much tax revenue is our state getting through this project? How many permanent jobs? Whatever these benefits may be, do they justify the life-threatening risks of explosion inherent in such a transmission line?

Can there be any doubt that this project is hugely benefiting the oil and gas industry, not the public?

Property owners should know that if the industry tries to use eminent domain to claim land for the “public good,” they need to contact local conservation and citizen groups — Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens Group, Local Authority Western PA and Mountain Watershed Association. Such action has been stopped elsewhere and it can be stopped here!

Lastly, citizens need to ask the following questions of their municipal, county and state elected officials:

• Where is this fuel coming from and going, specifically?

• Which companies will profit?

• What parts of the public sector will receive revenue through the project?

• What are the associated risks?

• What is the pipeline company's safety record?

• What is the lifetime maintenance plan for this pipeline? Has it been made public? Will it be, if eminent domain is used? Who is responsible for implementing this plan?

Carol Cutler

North Huntingdon

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