Elected officals seek Sunoco’s assistance for training
By Bill Rettew, firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 08/14/17, 5:28 AM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO 0 COMMENTS
WEST CHESTER>>Three elected officials have joined together to request that Sunoco furnish the county with a 20-inch pipeline simulation unit for first responders to use for training.
State Sen. Tom Killion, R- 9, State Rep. Becky Corbin, R-155, and Michele Kichline, Chester County Commissioner, teamed to write a letter to Joseph McGinn, senior manager, public affairs, of Energy Transfer and the Sunoco Mariner 2 East pipeline project.
The county currently trains with an 8-inch pipe. A mock 20 inch pipe would mimic the pipeline now being constructed in the county.
Several public forums concerning the Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline project have attracted as many as 300 residents.
Elected officials are listening to constituents.
“As we are sure you know, safety and preparation are key to being able to properly and effectively respond to any incident related to the pipeline,” reads the letter. “Such a simulation unit would help ensure that Chester County first responders have yet one additional tool in their tool box to help ensure preparedness.”
The now-under-construction Mariner East 2 pipeline would carry volatile liquids including, butane, ethane and propane for 350 miles from Marcellus Shale deposits in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to the former Sunoco Refinery in Delaware County. Plans call for the pipeline to snake 23 miles through Chester County.
The request is for both above and below ground components. The simulator would likely be housed at the new Chester County Public Safely Training Campus in Coatesville.
“It’s a lot better to have emergency responders having seen the pipeline and type of materials in a safe training environment as opposed to the first time seeing it in an emergency,” Bobby Kagel, county director of emergency services said.
“In our view, providing this type of simulator for our first responders allows them to be well prepared to continue to work with you as partners to ensure that safety of residents of the greater Chester County community continues to be a top priority,” reads the missive.
Chester County residents should feel safe in their homes, Kichline said.
“We want to ensure that Sunoco will provide the proper funding or mechanism for proper training of our first responders,” Kichline said. “This is a different type of pipeline than what already exists.
“Our biggest concern in Chester County is that our citizens are safe. I hope we get what we need to do that.”