Sunoco Pipeline statement on PA DEP consent order and agreement
Feb. 8, 2018 — Today we entered into a consent order and agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that allows us to resume construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline.
While we strongly disagree with their legal conclusions that our conduct was willful or egregious, we felt it was important to our unit holders and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that we move forward rather than engage in continued litigation. We are committed to fully complying with the DEP order, which includes following all permit requirements.
Our willingness and ability to comply was acknowledged by the DEP in the consent order and agreement. Safety is paramount for any energy infrastructure project we do – the safety of the communities in which we work and operate, the safety of our employees, and the safety of the environment.
Mariner East 2 is critical to Pennsylvania’s economy, and resumption of construction will put thousands of workers back on the job. With mainline pipeline construction approximately 93 percent complete and horizontal directional drilling approximately 64 percent complete for in-service, we look forward to completing the Mariner East 2 project safely and beginning service in a timely manner.
Mariner East Project to Generate Over $9 Billion in Economic Impacts in Pennsylvania
Our people and our facilities throughout Pennsylvania have been contributing to the state’s economy for more than a century, most recently through the expansion of our Marcus Hook facility as part of the Mariner East 1 and Mariner East 2 pipeline projects.
The economic impact study released Jan. 8 by Econsult Solutions shows the importance of this project to our state’s economy, not only to the thousands of local tradespeople who are earning family-sustaining wages and spending their money in the community, but to the hundreds of local companies providing goods and services to those workers, their families and their companies.
This is what happens when you invest $5 billion in Pennsylvania. The completion of the Mariner East 2 pipeline will only create more opportunities for investment and additional job creation in Pennsylvania.