Pipeline drilling back on after pollution agreement struck

Drilling may resume on Mariner East 2, provided Sunoco takes additional steps to mitigate environmental and public health risks during construction.

Sunoco welcomed the agreement and said it will allow the company to proceed with the horizontal directional drilling that was halted by Judge Labuskes in late July.

A new agreement between the state, environmental groups and owners of a gas pipeline will allow drilling to continue with new water protections for the public.

“If problems come up, if people notice that their water is no longer good near the drilling operations, it’s very important to get in touch with the Department of Environmental Protection and let them know so there can be investigations done and see if everything is safe or not”, he urges.

“We will continue to adhere to the strict conditions of our permits, including the enhanced standards for planning, outreach and reporting”, it added. “The agreement will put hundreds of workers back on the job as we complete this transformational infrastructure project”. Andrew E. Dinniman, expressed similar views in a joint letter to the Environmental Hearing Board addressing DEP’s “mismanagement” of the project.

As a result, the hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Harrisburg has been postponed.

Sunoco will be required, however, to reassess select locations, including several in DE and Chester counties, before work can continue at those sites.

Drilling may not resume, however, at the remaining 39 locations throughout the state.

That type of drilling had not occurred yet at six proposed drilling sites in Cambria County, Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields has said. DEP has issued notices of violation in two of the 17 counties along the pipeline route, including in Delaware County related to incidents in Brookhaven and Middletown, for impacts to commonwealth waterways from inadvertent returns. Affected landowners will have stronger protections against spills and water contamination, improved spill response plans and opportunities for people on water wells living near numerous sites to weigh in on drilling plans. But Alex Bomsteim, an attorney with the Clean Air Council, said the case remains in discovery and lacks any clear timeline as it proceeds toward trial.Sunoco hopes to finish installing the first Mariner East 2 pipeline before January and the second a year later.

“Your willingness to show up and stand together on these issues means so much to us”, he wrote. “Sunoco should have complied with the law”. Instead, it fell to our community supported environmental organizations to do so.”Two state senators, Sen”.