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By sandbagger2
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PUC Approves Mariner East I Pipeline Suspension
on MARCH 15, 2018


HARRISBURG (March 14, 2018) – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) unanimously voted today to approve and formalize the suspension of Sunoco’s Mariner East I pipeline, according to state Senator Andy Dinniman.

The pipeline was temporarily shut down by emergency order last week due to ongoing safety and geologic stability concerns related to problems stemming from the drilling of Mariner East II.

“I appreciate the PUC’s unanimous vote in moving forward with eliminating this potential threat to the health, safety, and well-being of my constituents,” Dinniman, who has long been a vocal critic of the pipeline project, said.

Thursday’s vote formalized the process that began last week when the 80-year-old pipeline was shut down via emergency order due to safety concerns. Mariner East I was exposed at a site on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland by a sinkhole that apparently developed as a result of Sunoco’s drilling the Mariner East II pipeline.

Several Chester County residents from community groups concerns about the pipeline attended the PUC meeting.

Mariner East I dates back to the 1930s, and originally carried petroleum products from Marcus Hook west. Today, it operates in a west to east direction and is permitted to carry liquid propane, butane, and ethane.

Mariner East II largely shares the original easement of Mariner East I and its construction has been plagued with problems for months, including the contamination of almost two-dozen wells, damage to aquifers, and the development of multiple sinkholes that threaten private homes. Two of the sinkholes are within close proximity of Amtrak’s Keystone Line.

In granting the emergency suspension last week, Chairwoman Gladys Brown wrote, “I agree with the BIE (Bureau of Inspection and Enforcement) that permitting continued flow of hazardous liquids through the ME1 pipeline without proper steps to ensure the integrity of the pipeline could have catastrophic results impacting the public.”
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By eriknben10
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Was on a walk today and seen they got the entire mile of pipe in the hole they drilled from Elwyn to the gun club. Must take quite a rig to pull a mile long 1/2" thick 20" steel pipe through a crooked hole drilled in the earth.
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By sandbagger2
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Business — Energy
Absent Sunoco is thrashed at Pa. pipeline safety hearing
Updated: MARCH 20, 2018 — 5:35 PM EDT
State regulators shut down operations on the Mariner East 1 after sinkholes developed in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.
by Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer @Maykuth | amaykuth@phillynews.com


Sunoco Pipeline LP, which is building the contentious Mariner East project across Pennsylvania, was characterized at a legislative hearing on pipeline safety Tuesday as a “bad apple” and “rogue company,” whose transgressions have made it hard for all pipeline operators in the state.

Speaking at a hearing in Harrisburg, legislators of both parties along with pipeline opponents took turns vilifying Sunoco, whose Mariner East 1 pipeline was shut down temporarily this month after sinkholes developed in West Whiteland Township, and whose Mariner East 2 pipeline construction project was fined $12.6 million in January.

“Sunoco Pipeline’s seemingly wanton disregard for the safety of our constituents living in these communities demonstrates their inability to appropriately manage the laws, regulations, permits and logistics associated with this pipeline project,” said State Sen. John Rafferty (R., Montgomery).

Sunoco, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners LP, had nothing to say for itself during the 2½-hour hearing since it was not invited to appear, according to a spokesman for Sen. Eugene Yaw (R., Lycoming). Yaw is chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which organized the hearing along with the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.

“We remain focused on being a valued member of the communities in which we do business, as we have done for decades,” Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields said in an emailed statement after the hearing. “We look forward to safely completing the construction of this important infrastructure project.”

Rafferty, along with State Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman (D., Chester), said that Tuesday’s testimony demonstrated the need for a package of bills they have sponsored to increase pipeline oversight and to assess an impact fee on pipeline operators.

Yaw said Sunoco’s experience is “affecting every pipeline that wants to be built, or that people are planning for, in this state.”

With Sunoco not present, Keith J. Coyle, a Babst Calland lawyer representing the Marcellus Shale Coalition, testified on the industry’s behalf that pipelines are the safest way to transport fuels, but that the industry needs to be forthright about communicating the risks.

“We live in a world that’s full of risk, and the best thing that we can do as an industry is manage that risk, and be honest about where it is, and come up with good ways to address the risk,” he said.

Sunoco is building two new pipelines along the route of an existing 8-inch-diameter pipeline that carries natural gas liquids such as propane from the Marcellus Shale gas region to a terminal in Marcus Hook. The multi-billion-dollar project has been largely supported by state business, political and labor leaders.

But Rebecca Britton of the Uwchlan Safety Coalition and Melissa DiBernadino of Goshen United for Public Safety said the pipelines pass very close to homes and schools and put their children, families and neighbors in danger.

The citizens groups have called on the state to order a public risk assessment of the pipeline, and are raising money online to pay for their own study.

The chair of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Gladys Brown, testified that a public risk assessment of the project “raises some difficult issues” because the PUC is prohibited by law from releasing some information publicly because of security concerns.

PUC Chair Gladys Brown testifies at a Senate hearing Tuesday.
“We do risk assessment,” Brown said. “That’s part of our role and responsibility. But for it to be public, and everything released to the public, we believe that it violates the law.”

She said the PUC is monitoring the Mariner East project, and said its emergency order this month to halt operations on the existing Mariner East 1 pipeline after sinkholes developed was evidence the agency would “will take prompt action to protect the public.”

The pipeline, shut down March 7, will remain out of service until the PUC takes a formal action to lift the emergency order.

Published: March 20, 2018 — 5:35 PM EDT
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By Wrench97
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Lets face facts, Energy Partners bought Sun for the refinery land and the name, they've sold off or closed every thing else....................
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By eriknben10
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Wrench97 wrote:Lets face facts, Energy Partners bought Sun for the refinery land and the name, they've sold off or closed every thing else....................


I think Energy Transfer Partners is just the banker. I see that SUN bought back quite a bit the beginning of this year. They (ETP) only have a 31.8% interest now. They're all in bed together anyway. The names are changed to protect the interests.
Sunoco LP completed its redemption of all outstanding Series A Preferred Sunoco LP Units from ETE in February 2018. At the same time, Sunoco LP also completed the repurchase of approximately 17.3 million SUN common units from ETP. Following the closing of the transaction, ETP continues to own 26.2 million Sunoco LP common units, representing an approximately 31.8% of Sunoco LP’s total outstanding common units.

https://www.energytransfer.com/company_history.aspx
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By sandbagger2
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Mariner East 2 pipeline drilling halted in Middletown
Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline work behind the Tunbridge Apartments near the Chester Creek on the Middletown-Aston border.
By Bill Rettew, brettew@dailylocal.com
POSTED: 04/25/18, 8:16 PM EDT | UPDATED: 15 SECS AGO 0 COMMENTS

MIDDLETOWN >> Four recent inadvertent returns of drilling fluid near Tunbridge Apartments, at 274 Glen Riddle Road, precipitated the state Department of Environmental Protection to temporarily shut down Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East 2 horizontal directional drilling.

The inadvertent returns took place April 18, 19, 20 and 23.

The April 23 return is under investigation, according to Neil Shader, DEP press secretary.

After the first three discharges of about 8,170 gallons to an upland containment area were cleaned up and the site was inspected by the DEP, Sunoco was allowed to restart operations, Shader said.

Shader said work was stopped on Monday until DEP approves a required restart plan, which, as of Monday, Sunoco had not submitted.

On behalf of the Middletown Coalition for Public Safety, Eric Friedman released the following statement: “This area in Middletown Township is the site of repeated Sunoco spills of drilling fluid, an industrial waste, so this latest series of frac-outs was completely predictable. Despite this string of problems, Gov. Tom Wolf’s Department of Environmental Protection keeps on approving drilling restarts, so it appears they are simply unwilling to act to protect residents from Sunoco – a company that reported three leaks of hazardous, highly volatile liquids from its Mariner East 1 export pipeline in less than a year. Also predictable: the next leak of these dangerous materials in our densely populated area could have very serious public safety consequences.”

State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19 of West Whiteland, has been a vocal pipeline critic.

“Another day, another series of problems with Mariner East 2 drilling,” Dinniman said. “Since the project began there have been dozens of spills reported in our region and more than 100 across the commonwealth.

“The longer this project goes on and the more Sunoco rushes to try to appease its investors, the more potential danger and threats local residents are experiencing to their health, safety, environment, and property.”

State Sen. Tom Killion, R-9 of Middletown, said he will continue to monitor the pipeline closely.

“DEP did the right thing by following shutdown protocols for this incident. They need to ensure that the environment has not been impacted in any way,” Killion said.

Sunoco Piprline spokeswoman Lida Dillinger released this statement:

“As part of Mariner East 2, Sunoco Pipeline identified ways to minimize environmental impacts to wetlands, waterways, wildlife habitats and other sensitive areas, and horizontal directional drilling offered the best construction method to do this. HDD also allows the pipeline to bypass culturally sensitive areas and avoid traffic disruption, and it further protects the pipeline from third-party damage.

“At the same time, horizontal drilling is sometimes accompanied by inadvertent returns of drilling mud, which is made of drinking water and non-toxic bentonite clay. Any ingredients in the drilling fluid must be approved by the DEP and meet safe drinking water standards, and that is specifically in case the fluid escapes through a seem in the geology and into the environment. As part of our permits with the DEP, we have plans to monitor for inadvertent returns, contain any bentonite and water, and recover it.

“While we have experienced inadvertent returns in a number of drills, this is not unexpected as the permit applications submitted and approved by the DEP include, among other requirements, compliance with an Inadvertent Return Contingency Plan, which we have followed by responding and containing those returns to avoid any long-term impacts and reporting them to the DEP. We have worked in coordination with the DEP to ensure that the environment is protected and will continue to do so.”

Meanwhile, three bills introduced by Dinniman to improve pipeline safety and protect local property rights were overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee on Wednesday.

“This is an important step forward in our work to pass common-sense legislation to better protect residents, families, and property rights from the growing network of highly volatile natural gas pipelines crisscrossing our region,” Dinniman said. “If Pennsylvania is to fully realize the benefits of Marcellus Shale drilling, then citizens who are impacted by the potential threats of pipelines deserve to know that key protections are in place to ensure that their health, safety, well-being, and property rights are accounted for.

“It was a pleasure to work with State Sen. John Rafferty, R-44 of Lower Providence, in both drafting these bills and working to get them through the committee process. This is an important issue in southeastern Pennsylvania and I appreciate his ongoing partnership.”

Rafferty, who also represents areas impacted by Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline in Chester County, served as a co-sponsor and supporter of the bills.

“I am pleased that we were able to move all three measures to ensure the pipeline industry advances safer standards and interacts more effectively with our communities,” said Rafferty, a member of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. “I look forward to working with Sen. Dinniman to advance these bills and other pipeline legislation.

“We must send a strong message, on behalf of our constituents, that the pipeline industry must improve their management practices for the betterment of this commonwealth.”

“We took an important step to protect families from the effects of hazardous pipeline leaks if they occur,” said Killion, who supported the bills. “I am proud to be a co-sponsor of these common-sense bills and to have helped move them out of committee. I ask the full Senate to consider this legislation and other proposals that enhance pipeline safety across the state,” he added

The vote comes after a joint hearing of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and Environmental Resources and Energy Committees earlier this spring that highlighted the need for stronger pipeline safety laws in Pennsylvania.
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By astontibs
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Just as an FYI. The bentonite clay they talk about is completely harmless. This is the same stuff that I use when I make wine. It is used in the initial fermenting process along with the yeast. It eventually gets discarded as the fermentation/fining process is completed.
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By eriknben10
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astontibs wrote:Just as an FYI. The bentonite clay they talk about is completely harmless. This is the same stuff that I use when I make wine. It is used in the initial fermenting process along with the yeast. It eventually gets discarded as the fermentation/fining process is completed.


They all know it's harmless Alan. It's all they have to try and strike fear into ignorant folks minds. That and the slim chance of a pipeline failure. Looks like they are on track for starting the flow in June sometime.
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By sandbagger2
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Senate Committee Approves Dinniman’s Pipeline Safety Bills
April 25, 2018 - by MyChesCo - Leave a Comment
Senate Committee Approves Dinniman’s Pipeline Safety Bills


HARRISBURG, PA — Three bills introduced by State Senator Andy Dinniman to improve pipeline safety and protect local property rights were overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee.

“This is an important step forward in our work to pass commonsense legislation to better protect residents, families, and property rights from the growing network of highly volatile natural gas pipelines crisscrossing our region,” Dinniman said. “If Pennsylvania is to fully realize the benefits of Marcellus Shale drilling, then citizens who are impacted by the potential threats of pipelines deserve to know that key protections are in place to ensure that their health, safety, well-being, and property rights are accounted for.

“It was a pleasure to work with State Senator John Rafferty in both drafting these bills and working to get them through the committee process. This is an important issue in southeastern Pennsylvania and I appreciate his ongoing partnership,” Dinniman added.



Rafferty, who also represents areas impacted by Sunoco’s Mariner East II pipeline in Chester County, served as a co-sponsor and supporter of the bills.

“I am pleased that we were able to move all three measures to ensure the pipeline industry advances safer standards and interacts more effectively with our communities,” said Rafferty, a member of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. “I look forward to working with Senator Dinniman to advance these bills and other pipeline legislation. We must send a strong message, on behalf of our constituents, that the pipeline industry must improve their management practices for the betterment of this Commonwealth.”

The vote comes after a joint hearing of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure and Environmental Resources and Energy Committees earlier this spring that highlighted the need for stronger pipeline safety laws in Pennsylvania.

The bills are as follows:

Senate Bill 930 requires public utility facilities transporting natural gas or natural gas liquids meet with the county emergency coordinator entrusted to respond in the event of natural gas release and provide, at a minimum, the following:

Identification of any high consequence areas along the pipeline route and the potential impact radius located within the jurisdictional limits of the local emergency management organization.
The public utility’s’ current emergency operating procedures.
Although current state law prohibits the PUC from sharing specific information related to public utilities, the law does not prevent the company itself from providing such information directly to emergency response officials.

Senate Bill 931 calls for incorporating automatic or remote shutoff valves on pipelines in high consequence areas throughout Pennsylvania to better protect the public and prevent potential emergencies. In addition, this legislation calls for pipeline companies to test the reliability of shutoff valves annually, provide the results of these tests to the local municipality, and impose penalties for non-compliance.

Senate Bill 835 calls for holding pipeline land agents accountable by defining their role and requiring registration with the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission. In addition, the bill calls for allowing public access to a listing of registered agents, requiring criminal history background checks, and providing the commission with the authority to revoke or suspend them for reasons such as fraud or misrepresentation. Currently, land agents in other states, including Texas and North Carolina, have similar laws in place.

The committee voted to approve Senate Bill 930 by a 12-2 vote, Senate Bill 931 by a 13-1 vote, and Senate Bill 835 by a unanimous vote.

“We have come a long way in building a consensus of bipartisan support for these bills and the next step is passage before the full Senate,” Dinniman said.

Source: Andrew E. Dinniman (D), Pennsylvania State Senate, Senate District 19
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