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By sandbagger2
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Another View: Pipeline ruling good news for Delco, and workers
POSTED: 03/07/17, 9:22 PM EST | UPDATED: 37 SECS AGO # COMMENTS
To the Times:

The decision by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue the necessary permits for Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2 pipeline project is a step in the right direction for Delaware County. Many of our county’s residents and businesses work hand-in-hand with the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex. Once this pipeline is in operation, it will deliver feedstocks that can turn Marcus Hook and our county into a future energy hub. The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to the safe construction and long-term operation of the pipeline.

We applaud the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The process was unprecedented and thorough. All parties had ample opportunity to share their perspective.

By approving the permits needed to proceed with the Mariner East 2 project, Pennsylvania will see an inpouring of private investment, tax dollars, and much-needed jobs, including more than 30,000 direct and indirect jobs related to this one pipeline project alone.

The 350-mile Mariner East 2 pipeline will utilize our own shale resources and expand the capacity of the $3 billion Mariner East project by building a new underground natural gas liquids pipeline system from the Marcellus Shale in western Pennsylvania to a processing and export facility at Marcus Hook here in Delaware County.

Once built, this state-of-the-art pipeline system will carry natural gas liquids such as propane, ethane, and butane products that are central to heating and powering our homes and businesses. An additional 675,000 barrels of natural gas liquids would be delivered each day to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex and would boost the region’s propane reserves giving us a surplus of propane when it’s most needed – during the peak heating season.

It will do so safely and with the utmost respect for our land and communities. For more than two years, Sunoco Logistics has worked with the public to come up with a plan that minimizes impacts to the environment, protected species and cultural resources. They have proven themselves to be a responsible and reliable partner.

As for safety, Sunoco uses the latest technology in coating the pipe before it is buried to prevent corrosion. Every weld on this pipeline will be real time x-rayed to insure there are no defects. There are comprehensive pressure tests, automatic valve shutoffs, horizontal drilling at rivers and stream crossings to greatly lessen potential impact of spills – all of these precautions go above and beyond what U.S. regulations require.

From an economic standpoint, the Mariner East projects are estimated to generate $4.2 billion to the Pennsylvania economy and support over 30,000 new jobs during the construction phase, and hundreds of permanent positions. The additional processing facilities under discussion would expand that potential job creation and attract even more new investment and manufacturing to the state.

It’s not often that a private project comes along that provides the opportunity to offer employment to tens of thousands of Pennsylvania residents, facilitate our state’s economic growth, as well as give our consumers and businesses growing access to affordable, abundant and clean energy sources.

That is precisely what the Mariner East 2 pipeline will provide and why the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce fully supports its construction.

Trish McFarland, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
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By sandbagger2
#485024

Response to Delco Chamber Support for Sunoco Pipeline Project
March 8, 2017
|Eve Miari, Middletown Coalition for Community Safety


Dear Trish McFarland, President of Delaware County Chamber of Commerce:

I take issue with the many false statements made in your March 7th LTE in the Delco Times.
http://www.delcotimes.com/article/DC/20 ... /170309743

FALSE STATEMENT #1: "All parties had ample opportunity to share their perspective." No, they did not. The DEP never held a public hearing in Delaware County. DELAWARE COUNTY, the site of Marcus Hook, NEVER , had a public hearing. So our voices were not heard. We were completely disenfranchised.

FALSE STATEMENT #2: "30,000 direct and indirect jobs related to this one pipeline project alone." This is false. Where does the 30,000 figure come from? An independent study? No, it comes from Sunoco. And it is WAY OVERBLOWN. There will be approximately 6000 temporary construction jobs over the first 2 years. There will be a few hundred at best permanent jobs. All jobs are important, but can not be held in greater importance than the safety and the lives of our children and families.

FALSE STATEMENT #3: "boost the region’s propane reserves giving us a surplus of propane when it’s most needed" We are already at a surplus. There is no need for additional propane in PA. This is just smoke and mirrors for an export line.

FALSE STATEMENT #4: "It will do so safely and with the utmost respect for our land and communities." Ok, first of all, this entire paragraph was written by Sunoco, it comes right out of their PR. But plagiarism aside, 2 leaks a year, every year for the past 10 years. Worst safety record in the industry. 55,000 gallons of gasoline leaked into the Susquehana last year. Multiple leaks in Edgmont Township, poisoned wells, we've got residents getting their water shipped in on trucks. There is nothing safe about this pipeline. It's a 300 mile pipe bomb.

FALSE STATEMENT #5: "Sunoco uses the latest technology in coating the pipe before it is buried to prevent corrosion." Again, calling out the Chamber on plagiarizing the entire paragraph from Sunoco PR. But beside the point.... has the Cnamber looked into research on cathodic protection and it's fail rate? Have you looked into research regarding how the high pressure movement of the materials creates heat in the soil around the pipe that then leaches out arsenic and bio-organisms that speed up the process of corrosion? Have you looked at PHMSA data for the primary causes of pipeline leaks and breaks? Hint: corrosion is as big one, and it's happening way faster than pipeline companies have predicted. See Westmoreland explosion.

FALSE STATEMENT #6: "generate $4.2 billion to the Pennsylvania economy" With all due respect to your supposed projections- I'm sorry, Sunoco's projections, you are after all crafting your opinion piece word for word from Sunoco's own literature- we are facing economic blight here in Delaware County. Our home values are dropping, some homeowners are being denied insurance coverage because the pipeline is just THAT DANGEROUS. Sunoco is reaping all of the benefit, and we the hardworking residents of Pennsylvania, are assuming all of the risk, including the economic risk.

FALSE STATEMENT #7: "opportunity to offer employment to tens of thousands of Pennsylvania residents, facilitate our state’s economic growth, as well as give our consumers and businesses growing access to affordable, abundant and clean energy sources." Did you just calling fracking, natural gas liquids, and pipeline expansion "clean energy"? First of all, this is not energy infrastructure- this material is moving to Europe for plastics production. Second, there is nothing "clean" about fracking or fracking by-products. Take a little time to read up on methane emissions. We are in trouble here, and this is not helping.

As for jobs and economy, sure who wouldn't argue with economic growth and jobs development, but the Chamber is missing a key component of this trifecta: PUBLIC SAFETY. You cannot build jobs and the economy by putting the public at risk. We will not be your sacrificial lambs.

I give this article 7 Pinocchios for telling tall tales. I think I am being generous.
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By sandbagger2
#485162
Community group’s report highlights risk potential of pipeline plan
Middletown residents turned out at a meeting last September to protest Sunoco’s Mariner 2 pipeline.
Middletown residents turned out at a meeting last September to protest Sunoco’s Mariner 2 pipeline. digital first media file photo
By Leslie Krowchenko, Times Correspondent
POSTED: 03/13/17, 8:26 PM EDT | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO 0 COMMENTS


MIDDLETOWN >> An independent hazards study initiated by the Middletown Coalition for Community Safety appears to have validated the concerns of its members regarding the safety of the Sunoco Logistics Mariner East pipeline route.

The study, commissioned by the coalition and performed by Oklahoma-based Quest Consultants, outlines the potential consequences and probability of a pipeline breach.

“In the event of a leak, the natural gas liquids (NGLs) expand several hundred times in volume into a gas that is invisible, odorless, heavier-than-air and extremely flammable or explosive,” according to the coalition press release issued Monday. “Results of the study demonstrate that in the event of a leak with immediate ignition, extensive casualties and serious thermal injuries could be sustained in densely-populated areas.”

But Sunoco blasted the findings. The company called the “report that combines flawed data with amateur calculations performed by the coalition,” said Sunoco Logistics Communications Manager Jeff Shields.

Sunoco began the site work last month for Mariner East 2 and Mariner East 2X, a pair of pipelines crossing the state. The system will have the ability to transport a maximum of 700,000 barrels of propane, ethane and butane a day from the Marcellus and Utica Shale wells in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.

Approximately 11.4 miles of the nearly 350-mile system will be installed in Delaware County across private and public property in Thornbury, Edgmont, Middletown, the township and Chester Township, merging with the Mariner 1 pipeline in Upper Chichester. The product will then continue to the facility, where it will be processed and stored for sale.

The coalition commissioned the study “in response to the lack of data surrounding the project,” it noted. Quest used advanced leak simulation software to predict worst case effects from a leak of the 20-inch diameter Mariner East 2 liquefied ethane pipeline.

The simulation focuses on 450-student Glenwood Elementary School, where the pipeline and a valve station are proposed for installation 650 feet from the playground. The analysis assumes a rupture occurs 35 miles downstream from the closest pumping station, accounting for pressure drop over that distance.

The study confirms the danger posed by a pipeline rupture, according to the press release. In the worst-plausible-case scenario examined by Quest, a rupture could result in a combustible, heavier-than-air vapor cloud that can migrate up to 1,800 feet in three minutes. Ignition of such a vapor cloud would flash back to the leak source and end in a jet fire that would continue until the pipeline is fully purged.

The coalition also used U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMAS) data to calculate Sunoco’s leak rate for Mariner East 2, predicting two pipeline leaks per year along the 300-mile route. The group noted it “provides too many opportunities for the very serious consequences outlined in the hazards study.”

“Should such an event occur in proximity to the school, the vulnerable population would have little to no opportunity of escape,” according to the press release. “The only reasonable conclusion is to not continue to build this NGL pipeline in proximity to residences, parks, schools, and other vulnerable sites.

A pipeline rupture as described by the coalition is extremely rare and their calculations include incidents that bear no relation to natural gas liquids pipelines, said Shields, adding the company will continue to work with local emergency response officials in developing meaningful emergency training.

“No serious analysis of pipeline risk would compare these incidents with a significant pipeline rupture,” he added. “Our attention to safety has been confirmed in a truly independent report commissioned by a third party using a nationally-recognized pipeline expert.”

Quest will also be completing a quantitative risk assessment commissioned by township council with the goal of determining specific emergencies that could occur as a result of a leak, such as potential impact areas, establishing evacuation zones and event timing. The results will be used to develop a credible emergency plan to prepare first responders and the general public for evacuation and fund the necessary infrastructure and equipment.

Council Chairman Mark Kirchgasser noted the township study will focus on the entire municipality, rather than centering specifically on the school.

“Our concern is people will confuse the particulars of the (coalition) study, which is based on hypotheticals, with the fact-based (risk assessment) which the township has commissioned,” he said. “Our study is the one the township will be using to develop our emergency response plans for the community.”
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By eriknben10
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Talk about beating a dead horse. The pipeline has been approved and is going thru. Better to use that money they are wasting to play the lottery than doing studies on something so rare there is no way to figure it out. Guess it makes some folks feel good.
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By sandbagger2
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eriknben10 wrote:Talk about beating a dead horse. The pipeline has been approved and is going thru. Better to use that money they are wasting to play the lottery than doing studies on something so rare there is no way to figure it out. Guess it makes some folks feel good.


I don't see where the township making efforts for an impact study and emergency plans are beating a dead horse. Maybe that $50k Aston Twp received, could have been better spent than on a fence.
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By eriknben10
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So you think Aston township emergency services need more information than they have? I hear that they are receiving the training they need. Did you ever compare the amount of land they needed from Aston with the amount of land they needed from Middletown and what the going rate for right-of-way access is? You keep talking like Aston got ripped off or something.

Not to mention Middletown and Aston already sold out. I don't live in Middletown, how much of their tax dollars are contributed to their fire dept?
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