On a tour of the energy facilities in Salem Township, Forbes Road Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Rosatti stops at a Mariner East 2 construction site. The Slickville Volunteer Fire Department would have jurisdiction over an incident here, but the Forbes Road department -- just six miles south -- would provide mutual aid, Rosatti said.
Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania
Updated: December 11, 2018 | 9:36 am
Two hurt in construction accident along Mariner East 2 near Pittsburgh
Reid R. Frazier is an energy reporter for The Allegheny Front, a Pittsburgh-based public media outlet covering the environment in Pennsylvania. His work has aired on NPR and Marketplace.
Two pipeline workers were injured in a construction accident on Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2 pipeline about 35 miles east of Pittsburgh late Sunday.
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The map shows the Mariner East 2 pipeline’s path across 17 Pennsylvania counties on its way to the Marcus Hook industrial complex in Delaware County, where the natural gas liquids it carries will be shipped overseas to make plastics. The map was built using state Department of Environmental Protection shapefiles of the route for which DEP issued permits. The line extends west into Ohio.
The workers, one male and one female, were pulling a piece of equipment through a section of the pipeline under a road when the equipment struck and injured them, said Lenore Uddyback-Fortson, a spokesperson for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in an email. OSHA is investigating.
The equipment, called a pig, is used to clean out the insides of pipelines.
The female worker was treated and released and the male has a broken arm and remains hospitalized but in stable condition, Uddyback-Fortson said.
The accident occurred at 11:16 p.m. Sunday night, near the intersection of Main Street and Gombach Road, according to Westmoreland County 911.
The workers were employed by Precision Pipeline, an Eau Claire, Wisc.-based pipeline contractor. Company officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Penn Township manager Alex Graziani said the accident occurred along the route of the Mariner East 2, which is being built through the middle of the township.
The 20-inch pipeline will carry natural gas liquids from Western Pennsylvania to a port facility near Philadelphia.
In an email from Energy Transfer, Sunoco’s parent company, the company said work stopped temporarily at the site “to ensure the safety of these individuals and all others on site, but has now resumed.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection suspended construction on the Mariner East for 30 days last year because of repeated permit violations, including dozens of drilling mud spills, and fined its developer $12.6 million.