Campaign Contributions Suggest Pay-For-Play Behind PA Lawmaker’s Anti-Pipeline Vendetta

A Pennsylvania lawmaker has benefited handsomely from his anti-pipeline vendetta, according to campaign finance data analyzed by the website Natural Gas Now.

The report found that state Sen. Andy Dinniman, a Democrat and leading critic of the Mariner East pipeline project, has accepted nearly $80,000 in campaign contributions from a real estate developer engaged in a lawsuit against the owner of the pipeline. According to Natural Gas Now:

Hankin Group was the second highest contributor to Andy Dinniman’s between 2014 and 2018, donating $29,500 to the ongoing campaign. Just two months before the lawsuit was announced, the Hankin

Media Silent As Union Leader Calls for Friel Otten’s Resignation

A local union leader is calling on Pennsylvania state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten to resign after she likened union members working on the Mariner East pipeline to Nazis. The freshman lawmaker made the alarming comparison in a tweet following her participation in a weekend protest that briefly halted construction on a section of the project.

“Not only did she break the law on Saturday by blocking a road with her cronies, she also put the men and women who were working on the project in harms way. But that is not what has angered me to the point of calling …

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Likens Union Pipeline Workers to Nazis

Anti-pipeline rhetoric in Pennsylvania reached an embarrassing new low over the weekend after state Rep. Danielle Friel Otten likened skilled union tradesmen working on the Mariner East pipeline to Nazis.

Friel Otten, a Democrat, took part in a Saturday demonstration that temporarily prevented construction workers from accessing a pipeline worksite in Chester County.

A local pro-pipeline coalition took to Twitter to call out the freshman representative’s disruptive behavior, noting that she “def[ied] safety warnings to prevent 30 workers from doing their jobs.”

“The nazis (sic) were just doing their jobs too,” Friel Otten wrote in response.

This misguided attack is …

FACT CHECK: Pipeline Won’t Jeopardize Softball Team’s Season

CLAIM: The Daily Local News published an article with a headline claiming that construction of the Mariner East pipeline “may jeopardize” a local softball team’s spring season.

RATING: False, misleading headline.


This misleading headline ignores a statement from Energy Transfer–the developer of the Mariner East pipeline–expressing regret over the miscommunication and emphasizing that construction will not interfere with the team’s season.

“We regret that there seems to have been a breakdown in communication between the Meadowbrook Manor HOA leadership, us and the Exton Little League program. We will rework our construction schedule so we do not interfere with