Dramatics Take Front Stage at Pipeline Study

A Daily Local News piece recently reported on the latest quantitative risk assessment study used to argue against the Mariner East 2 project. Pipeline opponents inclination to generate their own, cherry-picked studies without any credence to technical expertise or training is a farce.

The study, conducted by Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety’s George Alexander, was presented on Monday night at an Uwchlan Township Board of Supervisors meeting. Pipeline opposition groups were able to crowd fund thousands of dollars to secure a three month – license of CANARY, a software used to model pipeline risk, in what is now the third time a group has conducted a meaningless ‘study’ of their own on pipeline safety even though expert studies have shown little concern.

Before results were presented to Supervisors, a member of the presentation team played a dramatic video of Sutton County, Texas’ recent pipeline incident. George Alexander later admitted to trying to model the “…worst case scenario…” Attempts to fear monger could not be more obvious.

Letting a concerned civilian run wild with software reserved for engineers is not going to yield practical or accurate results.

Lastly, pipeline opponents at the presentation hoped to leave with a guarantee from the board to encourage a “state of emergency” be placed on Mariner East 2. Such a request is vastly inappropriate considering the source the foundation that the request is relied.

Pipeline opponents have tried to pursue every angle possible to inaccurately claim that the Mariner East 2 pipeline is unlike all other pipelines and would be unsafe to operate. Little do they know that similar lines run throughout Pennsylvania already. The public should acknowledge regulatory standards and company credentials before seeking a title reserved for natural disasters and drug epidemics.

Delaware County Times Incorrectly Characterizes the Need for Risk Assessment Study

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.