Opposition to Mariner East 2 has moved from local Pennsylvania communities and into the pages of The New Yorker. Over the weekend an article from the outlet compounded on opposition narrative against Mariner East 2 but left many important facts unmentioned:
- The Mariner East 2 pipeline is subject to rigorous permitting and safety standards including oversight from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Sunoco has remained committed to going above and beyond all safety standards throughout Mariner East 2 construction and operation.
- 9,500 construction related jobs have been created annually during the construction process. In turn, Pennsylvania has collected upwards of $100 million dollars in taxes stemming from construction spending across the state. In all, an expected $9.1 billion will be spent in Pennsylvania throughout the construction of Mariner East 2.
- Sunoco has conducted nearly 200 public information sessions to educate the public on the pipeline, receive resident feedback, and accommodate all needs of Pennsylvania communities.
- Pipelines are the consensus safest transportation method for liquefied natural gas and Mariner East 2 uses the most state of the art technologies to bring safety to unmatched standards.
Mariner East 2 is a key component for Pennsylvania to realize its energy potential. Opposition groups have spun misinformation into fear in hopes of halting the project. Ignoring the facts is counterproductive to promoting public safety and undermines what local, state, and federal regulators have worked so diligently to do – ensure Mariner East 2 safely serves the Pennsylvania public.