16 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Tom Wolf

Governor Wolf: Protect Our Schools and Communities Under PA Health and Safety Statute

Governor Tom Wolf:   Texas-based Sunoco Pipeline/Energy Transfer Partners has taken advantage of so-called certificates of public convenience, issued in the 1930s, to claim public utility status and the awesome sovereign power of eminent domain for its troubled “Mariner East” project. Sunoco proposes to construct up to three hazardous, highly volatile liquids pipelines, to transport industrial quantities of liquid ethane, propane and butane through densely populated Pennsylvania counties for the purpose of shipping these materials overseas for plastics production. No agency of the state or federal government has exercised authority over the route selected by Sunoco for its own maximum convenience. If these materials are released for any reason, they become odorless, colorless heavier-than-air gas which is extremely flammable or explosive. These materials present a unique set of public safety hazards which have not been adequately evaluated.   The Health and Safety Statute of Pennsylvania (Title 35, Chapter 77) identifies the Governor and all state agencies responsible for disaster prevention. Municipal authorities across Chester and Delaware counties have acknowledged the new and unique hazard to its citizens from Mariner East. Many townships and school districts have sent Resolutions of Concern to Governor Wolf regarding the dangers of the Mariner East project and the need for intervention with no response. Under Commonwealth law, when a new threat is identified at the local level, Governor Wolf has the authority to direct all appropriate state agencies to conduct comprehensive hazard assessments so that emergency preparedness plans and appropriate emergency response procedures are developed.   Sunoco has a risk assessment for this project that it refuses to release. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency handbook states that elected officials will work with, and support, county emergency management coordinators to ensure that the community is prepared to respond to disasters. This includes a mitigation plan with a hazard analysis and vulnerability impacts—and yet, no such document has been provided.   Separately, school districts are required to file an emergency preparedness plan that is reevaluated yearly under Pennsylvania school code Title 22 Safe Schools. School districts must put all emergency preparedness plans on file with the county offices by September 30th. Our school districts are grossly unprepared without a hazard assessment to fully understand the risks as they exist of running highly volatile liquids pipelines in unsafe proximity to at least forty schools and many more child care centers. Our most vulnerable members of society, our children, have virtually no chance of proper evacuation without formal, expert-led preparedness to identify the most efficient and safe route based on topography and wind direction in real time. Sunoco's suggested plan for homes, schools, businesses and senior living facilities? Self-evacuate immediately: on foot, uphill and upwind, to a minimum initial distance of one-half mile. This is simply not a credible plan, and schools have already been out of compliance for two years, as “Mariner East 1” has been operational since 2014, experiencing three reported leaks of highly volatile liquids over the space of less than one year. Sunoco reported that each of these leaks occurred in a “High Consequence Area;” Governor Wolf, we’ve been lucky so far. Will it require “high consequences” to get your attention?   Governor Wolf, Sunoco’s reckless Mariner East project is not essential infrastructure, nor is it about fuel or energy for Pennsylvanians. The proposed project is not necessary to the kind of life we want to lead, as you recently put it—in fact, the project is antithetical to our core values of public safety, property values, and private property rights guaranteed under the Constitution of Pennsylvania. We, the concerned citizens of our Commonwealth, ask that you fulfill the duties of the office we have entrusted to you, in compliance with your responsibilities under Pennsylvania statutes, to protect our society—especially its most vulnerable members, including children, our senior citizens, and the physically challenged. We call on you to direct your Department of Environmental Protection to revoke the deficient permits the agency hastily issued to Sunoco. And we call on you to issue an immediate safety-based halt to Mariner East construction until your duty to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all Pennsylvanians has been fulfilled.        

Concerned Pennsylvanians
5,500 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Texas Railroad Commission, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, County Judge Ruben John Vogt, Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick

Stop the Holly Energy Pipeline

Standing Rock started an indigenous-led movement to stop harmful oil pipelines, and has inspired communities around the world to stand up to harmful projects that will rob entire communities of their drinking water, clean air, and land. In El Paso County, Texas, Hispanic and Meshica indigenous families like mine are being threatened with another spill prone oil project, the Holly Energy Pipeline. Please sign my petition asking the Texas Railroad Commission and El Paso County Commissioners to stop this project before it hurts our communities. Ome Tlaloc and Tlazolin Xochiquetzal live in Montana Vista , a low-income, mostly Hispanic and Mexican Indian community where the pipeline will pass. “We were never warned or asked if there was any concern from us that a petroleum pipeline would be crossing our lands,” Ome told me. “We were never invited to a town hall meeting or consented to allow our property values to be essentially reduced.” Montana Vista residents rely on a well water system, meaning when the Holly Energy Pipeline leaks, it will go straight into their drinking water. “We refuse to expose our family to the hazards these pipelines will certainly create. Our generations’ life, liberty, and their pursuit of happiness is now a broken dream,” said Tlazolin, who is an indigenous Meshica elder. Help protect Ome and Tlazolin’s access to clean drinking water. Add your name to help stop this pipeline. Recently and most devastatingly, the Comanche Trail Pipeline in El Paso County has been built and completed despite strong push back from the community and water protectors. Energy Transfer Partners was able to sneak in with their pipeline almost unseen and ran over the beautiful historically, agriculturally, and culturally rich town of San Elizario, TX where the majority of residents are also children and elderly of Hispanic and indigenous Mexican Indian descent. In some areas of San Elizario the dangerously risky 42-inch natural pipeline was laid no more than 20 yards from the homes of families with children, or only 3 to 4 feet underneath the ground where farmers will still plow the land. Energy Transfer Partners was able do all of this without any regulation or oversight into the threats these families now face being only 20 yards from a huge natural gas pipeline that has a high risk of explosions, spills, and leaks. Now another company, Holly Energy Partners, is going to do the same thing in another area of El Paso County. Don't let Holly Energy Partners further endanger the lives of more families and children like Energy Transfer Partners did in San Elizario, TX. Sign this petition to demand that the Texas Railroad Commission and El Paso County Commissioners fully protect the people's environment and the future of our clean water, air, land.

Crystal Arrieta
44,784 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Eric Garcetti, Herb Wesson, Paul Krekorian, Mitch O’Farrell, Paul Koretz, Mike Bonin, Nury Martinez, Monica Rodriguez, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren Price, Jr., David Ryu, Mitchell Englander, Bob Blumenfield, Jose Huizar, Joe Buscaino

Los Angeles Divest from DAPL #DivestLA

We the people call on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council to divest from Wells Fargo. We will not support financial institutions that illegally foreclose on working-class families, discriminate against people of color or low-income consumers, commit mortgage fraud, invest in oppression against indigenous peoples, or finance the destruction of our shared environment.We are petitioning LA City Council to pass an ordinance to end the city’s relationship with Wells Fargo, and amend the current Responsible Banking Ordinance (RBO) to include stronger social and environmental criteria when considering banking contracts.Wells Fargo is a major financier of the Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil pipeline project that has destroyed sacred tribal lands, endangers the clean water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and millions of Americans, and has resulted in human rights violations of indigenous peoples and water protectors.Wells Fargo’s morally bankrupt practices are further exemplified by the 2016 lawsuit filed against the bank by the Los Angeles City Attorney for fraudulently opening more than two million unauthorized checking and credit card accounts, victimizing ordinary citizens for profit gain. For their deceptive practices, the bank settled with the County and City of Los Angeles for $185 million. This is one of numerous lawsuits filed against Wells Fargo by the city. Our representatives cannot continue to trust taxpayer money with a bank repeatedly sued for corruption. The City of Seattle recently achieved a landmark victory by divesting $3 billion from Wells Fargo, specifically highlighting the bank’s recent settlement with the City of LA and financing Dakota Access Pipeline. The City of Davis, CA followed suit by voting to divest $125 million from Wells Fargo. The divestment movement is underway.Cities all across the United States are strengthening socially responsible banking ordinances and divesting from unethical banks. We can no longer sit idle as our banks profit from injustice. The people are ready to take on the big banks and fossil fuel industry, regardless of who resides in the White House. Seattle was the first major city to divest. Los Angeles will be next.We are calling on our elected city officials and all Los Angeles residents to take a stand for a socially conscious and ethical world and divest all funds from DAPL. Stand with the people and protect the planet. Divest for our future.#DivestLADrafted by Revolution LA. 

Divest LA
38,837 supporters