Chester County DA's office appoints special prosecutor in pipeline investigation

Jim Melwert
January 04, 2019 - 5:17 pm
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CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- The Chester County District Attorney’s office is appointing a special prosecutor as they investigate if any laws were broken during construction of the Mariner East natural gas pipelines.  

Chester County DA Tom Hogan says Seth Weber spent 26 years as an assistant US attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania with experience investigating environmental crimes.

“So adding someone with Seth’s knowledge and expertise is adding a particular set of skills to this prosecution that are very important,” Hogan said.

In a press release Weber stated, “I look forward to being part of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office team of prosecutors and investigators. Working together, we want to do everything possible to avoid any risk of environmental hazards which may endanger the citizens of Chester County. After all, we only have one environment.”

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Hogan announced the investigation into the Mariner East pipelines last month because he says he felt the governor’s office and other state officials weren’t doing enough to police the companies behind the pipeline.

He says he understands his jurisdiction is only within Chester County.

“Sink holes have been created,” he said. “Well water has been impacted. And then there was an explosion in Beaver County from the same company. We are concerned there could be a potential catastrophe here.”

After the investigation was announced, Energy Transfer issued a statement saying they “vehemently deny any such wrongdoing” and they will aggressively defend themselves against what they call “baseless accusations.”

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