Concern grows over pipeline plan
MIDDLETOWN » 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
Pictured is a metering station for the Mariner East 1 pipeline.