STOP the Penn State Pipeline
  • Petitioned State College Borough Council

This petition was delivered to:

State College Borough Council
Elizabeth Goreham
President of Council
Donald Hahn
Council Member
Thomas Daubert
Council Member
Ronald Fillipelli
Council Member
Catherine Dauler
Council Member
Sarah Klinetob
Council Member
Peter Morris
Council Member
James Rosenberger

STOP the Penn State Pipeline

    1. Petition by

      J Briggs

      State College, PA

Petition to STOP the Penn State Pipeline

Penn State and Columbia Gas plan to construct a major gas pipeline through the State College Borough Highlands neighborhood along South Burrowes St., Fraser St., Prospect Ave., University Ave., and Bellaire Ave. The 400 psi flow in this 12 inch pipeline compares in magnitude to the flow of gas at accident sites in Bellingham Washington (6/11/99), San Bruno CA, 9/9/10, Southern Ohio (11/16/11) and others. No federal agency regulates the safety of these pipelines. Residents are left to trust the good intentions and the management of Columbia Gas.

Penn State has the options of either taking on the risk of the pipeline by building it on their own land or selecting a sustainable energy source for their needs. Instead, they are attempting to transfer the risk of the pipeline to borough residents. Routing a gas pipeline through campus property is the shortest and most direct path. Instead, Penn State and Columbia Gas are attempting to exploit public rights of way for their private benefit. Borough residents will find their homes dangerously within the hazard area of potential explosions and gas leak emergencies.

We are disappointed and affronted by the lack of communication and response from Penn State, Columbia Gas, and the State College Borough City Council. These parties did not ensure that the community had adequate information and input into this decision. The two informational meetings for residents, in October 2012 and March 2013, were announced to relatively few residents and did not provide sufficient time for residents to reorganize their work and family schedules to attend. Moreover, the meeting announcements failed to convey the magnitude of the pipeline project and risks that the borough will bear. Without seeking genuine input from affected residents, Penn State and Columbia Gas have moved forward with their plans while Borough Council members do nothing.

The State College Borough Council is failing to uphold the Community Bill of Rights, voted in by a 72% majority of residents, by sitting idly while pipeline construction plans move forward. Columbia Gas has some rights to lay pipe under public rights of way, but these rights are subject to "reasonable" restrictions imposed by municipalities. Our community charter bans unsustainable infrastructure like the Penn State Pipeline on the basis that it violates our right to clean air, clean water, a sustainable future, and threatens local health, safety, and welfare. The Bill further establishes local, democratic decision-making on issues of energy infrastructure.

The Penn State Pipeline is a public danger that has no benefit to us. It violates our Community Charter. We ask that the State College Borough Council stand up for their constituents by imposing restrictions on corporate access to our public right-of-ways.

Recent signatures


    1. Borough Council Meeting Tomorrow

      J Briggs
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for supporting the protest against the Penn State Pipeline. Together, we've sent a strong message to the Borough Council that they need to take action to stop the pipeline. Fortunately, the State College Borough voted in a Community Bill of Rights. We intend to make our elected officials enforce the law and uphold our rights to safety and sustainability.

      Residents and other concerned citizens will attend a Borough Council meeting tomorrow to deliver the petition and its message in person. If you are local, please join with us in standing up for our community. Signups for speaking will be in the lobby beginning at 6:30 pm and the meeting will begin at 7:30 pm. If you can't attend the council meeting, please stay up to date with us via Facebook: STOP the Penn State Pipeline.

      The Penn State pipeline issue resonates across the nation. We appreciate your active affirmation that community comes before corporate interests.

    2. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Thomas Brenner HOLLIDAYSBURG, PA
      • 11 months ago

      I don't want to see the town blow up!

    • Thomas Wible MOUNT UNION, PA
      • 12 months ago

      This is important to me because our government has already been bought out by the oil and gas industry. As a result we no longer have a functioning democracy. Coupled with that fact that they have thrown out the science that proves how fracking contaminates our water and air. Towns have been literally shut down and people forced to leave and relocate because of these poisons. Also Methane gas is the number one contributor to the green house effect and global warming. In less than 30 years our sea levels well put cities like Long Island under water at the rate we are going. There are alternatives to fossil fuel. Wend, Solar and hydro. They are available for the taking. The technology is here and improving every day. I urge you to help fight agains the oil and gas industry by not supporting a gas line through not only Centre County where I work. But in every county in our state. I will not vote for any one who supports these evil giants in the next term. So please join us in the wind of change that is happening across the country. Here the voices of the people before we loose everything we hold dear. our freedom, our homes.

      • about 1 year ago

      yes i sign !!!!

      • about 1 year ago

      Apart from concern about general safety and environment, I would like to see my grand children and their parent safe and sound. I also enjoy the green and friendly neighborhood whenever I come and stay there. Just because there is plenty of gas now we should not jeopardize future of innocent kids. Do not give them chance to scream in future about our present blunders.

    • Peggy Lang DANNEBROG, NE
      • over 1 year ago

      Why is this important to me...why isn't it important to YOU?


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