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State Sen. Andy Dinniman opposed the reconfirmation of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, citing ongoing concerns regarding the public safety and environmental impacts of Sunoco/ET’s controversial Mariner East pipeline. Dinniman said: “I was elected to represent the people of Chester County and in our county it is plain to see that DEP has fallen woefully short in protecting them and our environment from the ongoing fallout of Mariner East. DEP has failed to protect families, their homes, our land, and our water.” Dinniman was one of two votes in opposition to McDonnell’s reconfirmation, which was approved by the Senate on Tuesday. The other vote came from state Senator Tom Killion, who also represents a portion of Chester County impacted by Mariner East and has stood with Dinniman and residents in calling for a halt to the problematic project. As of this week, Dinniman said safety questions regarding the Mariner East project continue to remain unanswered, even as the Mariner East project resulted dozens of “inadvertent returns” or releases of drilling fluid on and under Boot Road near Route 202 in East Goshen.