Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bill Ret­tew bret­tew@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @wc­dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

Sec­tions of pipe for Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipe­line project sit along Boot road in East Goshen. The com­pany says it will put the line into ser­vice by the end of the year.

EAST GOSHEN >> Al­ready 18 months be­hind sched­ule, Sunoco/En­ergy Trans­fer an­nounced Thurs­day that the pipe­line builder will start ship­ping nat­u­ral gas liq­uids along a hy­brid pipe­line in Ch­ester and Delaware coun­ties by the end of the year.

Sunoco in­tends to con­nect three dif­fer­ent sized pipes along a 350-mile line pipe­line stretch­ing from Mar­cel­lus shale de­posits in West Vir­ginia, Ohio and Penn­syl­va­nia to the for­mer Mar­cus Hook, Delaware County Re­fin­ery.

Plans orig­i­nally called for con­struc­tion of a 16-inch (Mariner East 2X pipe­line) and 20-inch (Mariner East 2 pipe­line) to fol­low a path along an ex­ist­ing 1930s ease­ment.

New plans call for a mish­mash of 20-inch, 16-inch and an ex­ist­ing 12-inch pipe, which would par­tially take a new route. There will be an in­creased im­pact on many home and busi­ness own­ers with the route changes.

Sunoco is re­fer­ring to the hy­brid pipe­line as Mariner East 2.

“Our plan is to put ME2 into ser­vice by the end of this year, tem­po­rar­ily us­ing an up­graded sec­tion of our ex­it­ing 12-inch line,” Lisa Dillinger, Sunoco/ET spokes­woman said.

Tom Long, Sunoco/ET chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, said dur­ing a Thurs­day quar­terly earn­ings call that the com­pany was “push­ing hard as every­body knows,” with 99 per­cent of main­line con­struc­tion com­plete and 80 per­cent of hy­dro-test­ing com­pleted.

Dillinger re­sponded to a re­porter’s re­quest con­cern­ing an up­date on how many miles of pipe had been in­stalled in Delaware and Ch­ester coun­ties.

“That is not in­for­ma­tion we have pro­vided,” she said.

“This plan does not re­quire any new per­mits, and we have made all ap­pli­ca­ble reg­u­la­tory no­ti­fi­ca­tions,” Long said.

Grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tion Del-Ch­esco United re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment Fri­day: “Sunoco has ac­knowl­edged yet an­other in a lengthy se­ries of Mariner East de­lays. Sunoco has mis­led our com­mu­ni­ties about the safety risks of its highly volatile liq­uids ex­port project, just as it con­tin­ues to mis­lead in­vestors about its abil­ity to ex­e­cute. Sunoco’s lat­est im­prob­a­ble plan, to cob­ble to­gether sec­tions of an an­cient pipe that’s leaked mul­ti­ple times in Delaware and Ch­ester coun­ties is un­likely to re­as­sure ei­ther im­pacted com­mu­ni­ties or in­vestors.”

The ex­ist­ing 12-inch pipe­line spilled about 33,000 gal­lons of gaso­line in June near Darby Creek, and has leaked sev­eral other times.

Al­though Sunoco plans call for the Mariner East 2 pipe­line to run through West Goshen ac­tivist Tom Casey’s yard, he main­tains a sense of hu­mor.

“Mariner project near com­ple­tion. Again?” Casey said. “I had to check my cal­en­dar af­ter hear­ing this to see what year it was; we’ve heard this since 2014.

“Now, just in time for Christ­mas, ETP is promis­ing us that the ‘Franken­pipe’ will be com­pleted. It may need to be re­named the ‘Grinch­pipe!’ And much like the Grinch, who scorns the Whos from above, ETP looks to be no dif­fer­ent.

“There is lit­tle hope of their heart grow­ing three sizes any­time soon.”

State Sen. Andy Din­ni­man, D-19 of West White­land, has be­come a vo­cal pipe­line critic. He re­leased the fol­low­ing state­ment on Fri­day, while not­ing that Sunoco has re­named the hy­brid pipe­line:

“Sunoco is again at­tempt­ing to put spin be­fore safety to try to sat­isfy its in­vestors and get its prod­uct to mar­ket as fast as pos­si­ble. The piece­meal pipe­line it’s now call­ing ‘Mariner East 2’ looks noth­ing like the orig­i­nal project it pro­posed and re­ceived ap­provals for. In fact, the cob­bling to­gether of new and an­ti­quated pipe­lines of vary­ing sizes ap­pears to have the po­ten­tial for even more safety risks and con­cerns. To be blunt, Sunoco seems to have no short­age of bad ideas when it comes to the Mariner East project. This lat­est an­nounce­ment is only the lat­est chap­ter in a saga that can best be de­scribed as ‘how not to in­stall a pipe­line.’”

Ac­tivist and mother Melissa DiBernardino said that Sunoco has cre­ated a recipe for dis­as­ter:

“A com­pany with Sunoco’s leak and pub­lic trans­parency his­tory, mix­ing to­gether the fol­low­ing in­gre­di­ents:

- Seg­ments of 16- and 20inch pipe­lines that have not only been sit­ting out much longer than stud­ies show for the coat­ing to keep its in­tegrity (1 year) but have also had sec­tions dug up and re­placed for ‘coat­ing is­sues’ and welds checked for ‘ques­tion­able weld in­spec­tions.’

- Mixed in with a re­pur­posed 87-year-old 12-inch pipe­line that has leaked mul­ti­ple times.

- Throw in a whole lot of high pres­sured, highly com­bustible, col­or­less and odor­less HVLs.

- No cred­i­ble emer­gency/ evac­u­a­tion plans.”

Changes are on­go­ing at Mar­cus Hook, Dillinger wrote: “Mar­cus Hook In­dus­trial Com­plex will re­vi­tal­ize the for­mer re­fin­ery into a world-class nat­u­ral gas liq­uids hub. To achieve this, our fa­cil­ity has built new pro­cess­ing units, in­clud­ing an eth­ane/propane split­ter and eth­ane and propane chill­ing and re­frig­er­ated stor­age. Go­ing back to 2013, we have built six tanks stor­ing more than 2 mil­lion bar­rels of propane, eth­ane and bu­tane to sup­port our Mariner East 1 and Mariner East 2 pipe­line sys­tems. En­ergy Trans­fer has also built a frac­tion­a­tor at MHIC to process nat­u­ral gas liq­uids that it will trans­port along Mariner East 2 from western Penn­syl­va­nia. The fa­cil­ity be­gan re­ceiv­ing propane in Jan­uary 2015, and it ships ap­prox­i­mately 70,000 bar­rels a day of propane and eth­ane for dis­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets. The fa­cil­ity last month com­mis­sioned a first-of-its-kind eth­ane truck-load­ing rack to com­ple­ment its ex­ist­ing propane ter­mi­nal that sup­plies propane for lo­cal/re­gional de­liv­ery.”



Sec­tions of the Mariner East 2 pipe­line near Con­cord Av­enue in Uwchlan.

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