EGSEA formed in June, 2017. Concerned citizens living in several East Goshen communities formed a steering committee to address safety and environmental concerns throughout East Goshen.
Ensure the safety of East Goshen residents, family pets and wildlife, as well as the protection of our environment from the dangers inherent in the transmission of commercial fuels through pipelines in residential, high density population centers within our township. Protecting our homes, businesses and institutions is also paramount.
who we are
We intend to represent the safety and environmental concerns of all residents of our Township, with an initial focus on the siting, construction, monitoring and product flow of commercial materials within the pipelines already in place, and those about to be installed. In addition, we wish to address community concerns about other pipeline projects that are contemplated for the future.
Our desire is to work collaboratively with you to understand what we can do as a community to become better informed and prepared during all phases of current and proposed pipeline projects. Our objective is to ensure that a clearly defined early detection, triage and evacuation plan can be developed that will meet the needs of every segment of our community. This plan will need to provide maximum protection for human and animal life, and the long-range health of our many exceptional natural resources.
Why We Have Formed
Our initial goal was to first understand how our Township found itself the unwilling host to a commercial pipeline project that provides us no benefit, as well as substantial risk. Already, many hundreds of mature trees and plantings are gone. Families have lost their privacy through eminent domain and the enforcement of 80 year old easements granted to prior companies carrying safer petroleum products. Landowners’ wells in nearby communities are already adversely impacted through penetration of the aquafier. Our privacy is curtailed through the proximity of construction equipment adjacent to our homes and businesses, with corresponding noise, air pollution, and disruption of traffic flow.
We are mobilizing as pro-active citizens to communicate with our fellow residents the potential dangers this project represents, and help develop strategies to ensure the safety of all residents, animals and our environment.
Our goals and objectives
To enlist the broad participation of residents in a variety of ways. These will include frequent meetings, a newsletter, petitions, door-to-door discussions, a website and Facebook page. Help us take our community back. It belongs to us! It belongs to Mother Nature!
Engage with local, state and federal officials to encourage enforcement of existing laws providing some protection, and the development of better ones.
Explore early detection methods and devices that may help us determine that a leak has occurred even before official notification. A proactive approach!
Help ensure that a comprehensive evacuation plan is in place which protects our children, elderly and infirm, as well as those more able to evacuate on foot if necessary.
Engage with school officials, whether public, private, parochial or charter, to ensure a safe evacuation plan is in place for each child, and that each parent or guardian is clear what role they will play if evacuation is necessary.
Work with all relevant safety officials to help them obtain information on all who may need assistance in case of an evacuation order. This includes information on domestic pets. We will also attempt to ensure horses, livestock, etc. on private property are included wherever possible.