Test Case for State College Community Bill of Rights?
Concerned Highlands residents will be attending tomorrow’s (March 18) Borough Council meeting to discuss plans for a new 10-inch/400 psi natural gas pipeline through their neighborhood.
The only report I could find online was from WJAC-TV News in December, explaining that Penn State doesn’t want to route the pipeline through campus and so is looking at routes through the borough. Borough officials, according to the story, are already aware of the potential safety hazards from putting a large-diameter pipeline through residential neighborhoods.
Another interesting aspect of the situation is the State College Community Bill of Rights & Natural Gas Drilling Ban, a home rule charter amendment adopted by State College voters (72% in favor) in November 2011 (full text) which includes the following provision:
Section 41.2-205(i)3 – “It shall be unlawful for any person or corporation, or any director, officer, owner, or manager of a corporation to use a corporation, to engage in the creation of fossil fuel, nuclear or other non-sustainable energy production and delivery infrastructures, such as pipelines, processing facilities, compressors, or storage and transportation facilities of any sort that would violate the right to a sustainable energy future for State College Borough…”
Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 243 South Allen St.