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Help Us Preserve the Bishop Tube Site as Open Space in Chester County

The bishop tube site has been highly contaminated for over 50 years. Trichloroethylene and heavy metals saturate the site and are contributing concerning contamination to Little Valley Creek, an exceptional value stream. The communities surrounding and downstream of this site are fighting for its full cleanup and preservation as natural open space. Please help support their battle by urging Chester County to add Bishop Tube as a priority in their open space preservation program.

Among the Chester County Planning Commission’s 2018 draft goals are to preserve open space and natural features to realize ecological and quality of life benefits, and to protect and restore critical natural resources to ensure an environment that supports healthy communities.

The natural resources at the Bishop Tube site – woodlands, wetlands and Little Valley Creek (an exceptional value stream) should be protected as part of this program.

Provide written comments to the Chester County Planning Commission on their draft plan for future development and land preservation in the County and urge them to include preserving a Clean & Green Bishop Tube site as natural open space.  In your comment, consider noting the following:

  • East Whiteland has very little public open space, and particularly little natural green public spaces where we can benefit from and enjoy the beauty of nature.
  • The Bishop Tube site is an important opportunity to protect a valuable piece of nature for the benefit of our whole Chester County community.  East Whiteland and those who live downstream have suffered mightily as a result of the high levels of contamination at this site, including TCE and heavy metal contamination, and they deserve preservation of the site as open space. 
  • The Bishop Tube site includes woodlands, wildlife, wetlands, and Little Valley Creek.  We want the county to prioritize efforts to secure preservation of the Bishop Tube site as natural open space for the benefit of our community and for the protection of all who live downstream.

Submit your comment directly through the County comment portal here.

For help in crafting your comment, see the suggested letter text below:


Dear Chester County Planning Commission,

Among the Chester County Planning Commission’s 2018 draft goals are to preserve open space and natural features to realize ecological and quality of life benefits, and to protect and restore critical natural resources to ensure an environment that supports healthy communities.

The natural resources at the Bishop Tube site – woodlands, wetlands and Little Valley Creek (an exceptional value stream) should be protected as part of this program. 

East Whiteland has very little public open space, and particularly little natural green public spaces where we can benefit from and enjoy the beauty of nature.

The Bishop Tube site is an important opportunity to protect a valuable piece of nature for the benefit of our whole Chester County community.  East Whiteland and those who live downstream have suffered mightily as a result of the high levels of contamination at this site, including TCE and heavy metal contamination, and they deserve preservation of the site as open space.

The Bishop Tube site includes woodlands, wildlife, wetlands, and Little Valley Creek.  We want the county to prioritize efforts to secure preservation of the Bishop Tube site as natural open space for the benefit of our community and for the protection of all who live downstream.

Respectfully,

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