We have received confirmation from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania that we may continue to monitor and maintain the rights-of-way and work sites associated with our construction projects in Pennsylvania, including Mariner East 2. In addition, we may secure, stabilize and move equipment at these sites under the enhanced safety measures that Gov. Wolf implemented on March 19. We are in the process of resuming these activities while adhering to the protocols outlined in the order to ensure the continued safety of our workers and the surrounding communities.
The safety of our employees, pipeline workers and the communities where we work and operate is always our top priority, but especially during this critical time. As we communicated previously, our pipeline systems and facilities that are in service have been deemed as life-sustaining activities and will continue to safely operate. Maintenance activities on these assets will also continue.
In the meantime, we will continue to work with regulators, such as the PADEP and the PUC, to ensure that our sites are maintained in accordance with our permits during this temporary halt. We will continue to engage with local stakeholders to share available updates.
We have updated our protocols to remain diligent in keeping our employees, contractors and community residents safe and healthy while working on our property and within our pipeline rights-of-way.
All of our employees and contractors have been directed to follow guidelines from the CDC and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to protect personal and public health and safety while working, including prevention measures such as:
- Implementing social distancing best practices;
- Implementing good hygiene and infection control practices for workers and regular cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment and other materials;
- Restricting outside work site visitors and the number of personnel entering isolation areas;
- Requiring workers to stay home if they are sick or they have been in contact with someone who is sick; and
Using additional engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices and personal protective equipment.
As always, we are committed to continuing the safe and reliable delivery of critical energy products to Pennsylvanians. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out — ongoing communication is crucial as we all work through this situation.