At the council meeting Wednesday, four members voted to approve a contract for
The study will also examine Adelphia Gateway’s plan to convert a decommissioned oil pipeline to carry natural gas through the county. G2 is expected to complete its work in 14 weeks.
“This process we realized today, I know it took longer than some members of the community would have liked, but we’re in a new era of bipartisanship in the county,” said
Madden’s statement referenced the gridlock the issue caused among the board. Initially, some of his colleagues doubted the necessity of the study, delaying a vote for several weeks. In March, a request for proposals was finally issued, but it faced additional hurdles.
Some members felt
In the meantime, public outcry for a better understanding of the risks presented by
“This was a great way for us to come together for the needs of the our county,” said Councilwoman
Last month, the council agreed to the terms of a new proposal, which solicited 12 bids, according to Boyce. Some of the responding companies were suggested by the public, others by members of council, Boyce said. A few came from Boyce and colleagues “cold calling” certain firms, one of which was G2.
Boyce said the company was the only one of the bidders that hadn’t “formed their own ideas” about the pipeline risks, and understood the demand from county residents for more information on the pipelines running, sometimes literally, through their backyards.
G2’s efforts will run parallel to an independent risk assessment recently commissioned by DelChesco United for Pipeline Safety, a coalition of community groups in
“We’re glad they decided to move ahead,” Friedman said. “Nobody’s going to guarantee that this company won’t have further leaks. And these materials are dangerous, especially to an area as densely populated as Delaware County.”
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