Opposition to the safe transport of energy resources continue to spread misinformation and employ fear tactics to generate more opposition to pipelines. What they cannot deny is that pipelines are the safest means to transport energy resources according to the Department of Transportation Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
One line of attack that many pipeline opponents enjoy using is to misstate that Mariner East is the first pipeline of its kind running through Chester County. Mariner East is an HVL line of which there are at 9 HVL lines operating safely Chester County today according to the National Pipeline Mapping System. The numbers are similar in Delaware County.
Pennsylvania is home to the very first oil strike in the US and has had pipelines crisscrossing the state for years. Mariner East 1 was built in the 1930s when much of Chester County was farmland. Over time, Chester County has been developed. In other words, the easements were there first not the other way around as some would have you believe.
The Mariner East system is being built to transport propane, ethane, and butane, products that are critical in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. Propane and ethane are critical for residential use for home heat, grills, and the nearly $1 billion CPV Fairview electricity generating facility in Cambria County will be directly connected to Mariner East for power generation.
Much of the criticisms lodged by pipeline opponents has little to no basis in fact, which is why continuing to correct their misstatements is critically important. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but basing that opinion on the facts shouldn’t be too much to ask.