After a nearly two-month long shutdown of Sunoco’s Mariner East 1 pipeline, inspectors at Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) are recommending that the pipeline resume operations. The PUC’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement found that there was no threat to the integrity of the Mariner East 1 pipeline and that geological conditions are suitable for continued operations.
Restarting pipeline operations on Mariner East 1 is a decisive victory for the Commonwealth. Not only has the pipeline created thousands of jobs for local Pennsylvanians, together with Mariner East 2 and Mariner East 2X, the pipeline will provide a $9.1 billion economic impact for the state. Ending this shutdown and minimizing future disruptions to this important pipeline project is a critical step in encouraging further economic and energy development in the region. The PUC is meeting today to decide whether to approve the recommendation to restart operations for Mariner East 1.