Con­cern grows over pipe­line plan

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - THE MERCURY - By Rick Kauff­man rkauff­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Kauf­fee_DT on Twit­ter

Of the ap­prox­i­mately 350 miles planned in the Mariner East Project pipe­line that spans in Ohio, Penn­syl­va­nia and West Vir­ginia, the 11.4 miles that run through Delaware County might be the most cru­cial.

With the prom­ise of nearly 30,000 jobs with all union work­ers con­duct­ing the work­ing on the fa­cil­ity and build­ing the pipe­line, the eco­nomic im­pact has been fa­vor­ably viewed for work­ers in Delaware County. How­ever, on Mon­day a lo­cal Se­nate-hope­ful aimed to give voice to res­i­dents who have grow­ing con­cerns over en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.

“Com­ing this close to a school where some of your kids might go to is not OK,” said Marty Mol­loy, of Nether Prov­i­dence, who was un­der pres­sure at a cam­paign event Mon­day by mem­bers of the In­ter­na­tional Broth­er­hood of Elec­tri­cal Work­ers Lo­cal 654 and the Penn­syl­va­nia En­ergy In­fras­truc­ture Al­liance.

“I’m ask­ing us to slow the process down so we can be thought­ful about pub­lic safety,” Mol­loy said.

Mol­loy is the chal­lenger to state Sen. Tom Kil­lion, R-9, of Mid­dle­town. Mol­loy was defeated by Kil­lion in an April spe­cial elec­tion for the seat va­cated by Do­minic Pi­leggi.

Pete Peter­son, the Kil­lion cam­paign spokesman, said the sen­a­tor has taken an in­ter­est in hear­ing from con­cerned res­i­dents.

“Tom has been re­spon­sive to res­i­dents and has been touch­ing base with reg­u­la­tory ad­min­is­tra­tions over the course of the last sev­eral months,” Peter­son said. “We want to take a look at all the lay­ers of over­sight and hear from first re­spon­ders to see what else needs to be done.”

Mol­loy felt push­back Mon­day by union mem­bers who sup­port of the pipe­line project, which he con­tends needs more over­sight.

“This isn’t just about get­ting the pipe in the ground, this is about get­ting it in the ground safely, en­vi­ron­men­tally safely, but then what hap­pens next?” asked Mol­loy.

Via the fa­cil­ity in Mar­cus Hook, the $3 bil­lion Sunoco Lo­gis­tics Mariner East 1 project re­pur­posed the 1930s oil pipe­line to carry nat­u­ral gas liq­uids — propane and eth­ane — where it is pro­cessed, pro­cessed, stored and

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Pic­tured is a me­ter­ing sta­tion for the Mariner East 1 pipe­line.

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