Sunoco Pipeline has provided extensive training sessions in pipeline safety across the route of the Mariner East 2 pipeline in Pennsylvania. According to Vista, “Sunoco Pipeline recently completed the Mariner Emergency Responder Outreach (MERO) program for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. MERO has hosted specialized training sessions this year for more than 750 first responders in communities where Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East system will operate.”
The piece details that the MERO program “has trained approximately 2,350 firefighters, police officers, emergency medical service providers, municipal emergency management officials, and other public safety personnel” since 2013. The project’s sustained commitment to safety and system integrity is supported by Gregory Noll, an emergency planning and response consultant who conducted these sessions with the Mariner East pipelines. According to Noll, “A big part of emergency response, especially in the pipeline industry, is having a pre-existing relationship with emergency responders at the local level”.
These MERO sessions exemplify efforts made across energy projects in Pennsylvania to work with local communities and emergency responders to develop local energy infrastructure to the greatest benefit of surrounding communities.