Thank you for the recent comprehensive coverage of the Penn State-Toll Brothers development.
This project seems to be a great opportunity to employ the “Precautionary Principle,” which states: “When the health of humans and the environment is at stake, it may not be necessary to wait for scientific certainty to take protective action.”
The potential damage to the Harter-Thomas wellfields, even if determined to be very low risk, would be hugely expensive to remediate. Who is insuring that risk, and for how much? Would it fall on the taxpayers and/or water company ratepayers to clean it up?
Also, given the amount of bad press that Penn State currently enjoys in the national media due to the Sandusky mess, riots and recent fraternity scandals, nixing this unpopular sale could be beneficial to the university’s tarnished image.