Media, PA- In response to the criminal charges against Energy Transfer, L.P., announced today by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer issued the following statement:

“For years, the residents of Delaware County have suffered as a result of the actions of Energy Transfer, L.P. Today’s announcement by Attorney General Shapiro of criminal charges against Energy Transfer for the Mariner 2 project is a critical first step in seeking justice for the thousands of Delco residents whose quality of life has been negatively impacted by the pipeline.

Delaware County residents should know that this investigation and prosecution was begun by a referral from this Office to the Attorney General. Specifically, my Environmental Crimes prosecutors brought the evidence to the grand jury that led to the charges related to the Glen Riddle and Tunbridge Apartments. I am immensely proud of the contribution this office has made to this prosecution.

In addition to our prosecution efforts, lasting environmental justice can only be achieved as a community. Regulators must continue to work to address the safety concerns associated with the pipeline industry that transports hazardous gas through our neighborhoods. There is more work to be done and questions remain to be answered, but my office is committed to this endeavor and the fight for the environment.”

Contact: Margie McAboy, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, 610-579-0429