Philadelphia-based Sunoco Logistics is hosting a pair of open houses in central Pennsylvania this week to discuss its proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline project. The 350-mile, $2.5 billion pipeline would move natural gas liquids, like ethane and propane, across the southern part of the state. Pending state and federal approvals, it would come online in 2016.
Mariner East 2 would run parallel to its predecessor, Mariner East 1, however that project involves reversing the flow of an existing pipeline. This one would be new construction. Both have projects have been met with opposition from communities along the route.
Mariner East 2 would quadruple to amount of natural gas liquids flowing into Philadelphia’s Marcus Hook industrial complex–from 70,000 to 275,000 barrels per day. Much of the ethane will be shipped overseas and some of the propane will feed markets on the East Coast.
The first public forum will be held in Middletown Wednesday evening. The second is scheduled for Thursday in Lebanon.
From Sunoco Logistics press release:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Londonderry Fire Company No. 1
2655 Foxianna Road
Middletown, PA 17057
Thursday, February 12, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Lebanon Valley Expo Center
80 Rocherty Road
Lebanon, PA 17042
The Open Houses provide landowners, many of whom have already been contacted by a Sunoco Logistics land agent, a chance talk in depth with our project supervisors about:
- How their property would be impacted by the pipeline;
- What construction and restoration of their land would look like;
- What health, safety and environmental protection measures we take before, during and after construction;
- How Sunoco Logistics will operate the pipeline in cooperation with landowners.
Subject matter experts will be available at stations to answer questions and provide information about the project. Informational materials will be available, including county maps of the tentative pipeline route.
While the emphasis for these meetings is on landowners, members of the general public may also be interested in attending to find out more about the Mariner East 2 project.