A recent LTE in The Daily Local by West Chester resident Melissa DiBernadino asserted that “Sunoco assurances don’t satisfy safety issues”. This claim mischaracterizes the safety standards throughout the company’s energy infrastructure developments, and the extensive oversight of the Mariner East 2 pipeline (ME2).
The piece details that “There are key points to be made and questions to be answered about “safety” claims made by Sunoco that need to be brought to the attention of our leaders who took an oath to protect the health, safety & welfare of Pennsylvanians.”
Here are a couple “key points” that were left out of Ms. DiBernadino’s piece:
- The Mariner East 2 pipeline is being built with the highest standards of safety in mind;
- ME2 has been permitted after nearly 2 years of an unprecedented permitting process that included the public’s input;
- Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is utilized because it is environmentally sensitive;
- Inadvertent returns are not uncommon during HDD, but have become an ongoing problem due to environmental groups’ demands to start and stop drills, a practice that is ill-advised and falls short of industry standards.
Energy infrastructure projects are designed to benefit local communities, and to spread energy connectivity along the line. The Mariner East 2 pipeline presents real benefits to come to West Chester and across the state, and its “key points” underscore the premium placed on safety throughout.