Pennsylvania State Senator Andy Dinniman used taxpayer funds to hire a Delaware Riverkeeper law firm to help him fight the Mariner East before the state PUC.
The Mariner East 2 pipeline project is 98% complete with final reclamation already underway but Andy Dinniman, a State Senator from Southeast Pennsylvania, is pretending he can kill it for the sake of milking votes from NIMBY and special interest constituents. He wants his last ounce of demagogic opportunity. Andy Dinniman, in fact, has been using special interest lawyers funded by the Commonwealth itself to represent him before a state agency, the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC). It’s an outrageous abuse of the system.
Andrew E. “Andy” Dinniman is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from Chester County. He calls himself, in fact, “Chester County’s Independent Voice” on his Facebook page. It turns out, though, that independence, like so much else, is in the eye of the beholder. Andy Dinniman has been quite willing to follow the special interests and adopt their agenda. He went before the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth H. Barnes in May of this year to successfully argue for a shutdown, not only of the nearly complete Mariner East 2 pipeline project, but also the long operating Mariner East 1. It was a bizarre request, a bizarre ruling (later overturned, of course) and a bizarre act.