Are you a property owner who always thought your property belonged to you until you chose to sell it? Think again. If Sunoco has its way, your property and everyone else's will be on the market without your consent not the open market, but rather made available to Sunoco if they see your property as being advantageous for their own profit.
On March 24, Sunoco Corporation petitioned the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for expedited consideration to be declared a public utility. If this status is granted, Sunoco and other corporations who choose to follow suit, will be granted eminent domain power just like your power company, state, local or federal government.
Once granted the power of eminent domain, Sunoco and corporations like it will be able to force you to sell your property if they want it. Does Sunoco think your property looks like the ideal place for their planned volatile gas pipeline, a pump station or shut-off valve station? Once granted public utility status and wielding the power of eminent domain, Sunoco will invade your property with bulldozers and heavy equipment, whether or not you ever wanted to sell what you once thought was yours.
The old adage followed by toddlers and bullies everywhere is the rule corporations apparently have adopted when dealing with private property owners "What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine."
It is time for local citizens to stand up to bullies no matter what their stature, title or position.
JODY ROSS, Hummelstown
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