Yesterday the Delaware County Times published an editorial suggesting that the only way to ease local concerns with the Mariner East 2 pipeline is to have the state conduct a risk assessment study. Respectfully, that is not correct for two significant reasons:
- Existing Regulatory Process
The existing regulatory process already accounts for risk. All of the factors that a risk assessment study conducted by the state would consider have already been accounted for. Additionally, because the risk has already been analyzed, an added study conducted by the state would be not only duplicative, but also a waste of state, and thus taxpayer, money.
- Pennsylvania Law
The Public Utility Commission has already stated that doing a risk assessment likely violates Pennsylvania law.
The existing regulatory system has proven successful at every juncture and can be trusted to catch any potential problems that could arise. This project will be a boon to the people of Pennsylvania and misinformation about safety and risk shouldn’t distract from the $9.1 billion that the Mariner East 2 pipeline will bring to the state. Efficient construction should be encouraged so that the project can be completed in a safe and timely manner.