Guest Editorial: Stick to the rules in pipeline construction

Bill Godsey | The Carlisle Sentinel

A series of drilling-mud releases along the Mariner East 2 Pipeline construction route have raised a lot of speculation about potential risks associated with energy transportation lines.

While it is important that communities in Cumberland County and across central Pennsylvania understand the risks, it is also important that they recognize the heightened safety of today’s pipelines because of modern construction practices. Recent construction activities have led to increased focus on the nature of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and inadvertent returns, which has also caused unnecessary start-and-stop construction activity. It is important that the public understand the risks created by this start-and-stop approach.