Announcements

County Commissioners Request PA PUC to uphold Mariner East Suspension

On June 5, 2018 the Chester County Commissioners sent a letter to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission encouraging the secretary to uphold the suspension of the Mariner East pipeline project. View the Letter

DEP Announces new grant funding for water quality improvements along the ME2 pipeline corridor

The Wolf Administration announced the creation of a new grant program to be funded by Sunoco's  $12.6M penalty for permit violations.  Grants will be awarded for projects that will reduce or minimize pollution and protect clean water in the 85 municipalities that the pipeline corridor traverses.  Those eligible to apply include the municipalities, county conservation districts, incorporated watershed associations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations located along the length of the Mariner East 2 pipeline route.  The grant application round will open on May 7, 2018 and run for 45-days.  Awardees will be announced in the summer of 2018.  Examples of eligible projects are listed on the DEP website for the grant announcement.

Website Overview

The Pipeline Information Center (PIC) website serves as a central location for posting pipeline project information and updates on proposed and active pipeline projects. The PIC supports pipeline safety and public awareness through a partnership with pipeline providers, regulators, and municipal governments.

Map ImageThere are nearly 600 linear miles of existing pipeline corridors that cross through the landscape of Chester County's 760 square miles. The goal of this Pipeline Information Center webpage (the PIC) is to provide information to residents, pipeline operators and other Chester County stakeholders, including farmers and non-profit land trusts and conservancies with large preserves, that are commonly crossed by pipelines. The structure of the PIC has been designed to address stakeholders' concerns.

Key stakeholder concerns include:

Pipeline operators are also key stakeholders and their input was essential for the successful design of the PIC. At a meeting held in summer 2013, operators noted the following:

Pipeline expansion projects and new lines have continued to be an issue to county residents. To date, no public or private entity has determined how many new miles of pipelines need to be constructed to transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation to markets for consumption. An additional issue is that it has been reported the Commonwealth's current pipeline infrastructure system is not fully equipped to carry the volume of gas produced at the pressure needed to transport it to the market. A report from the Pennsylvania chapter of the Nature Conservancy estimated that between 10,000 and 23,000 new miles of pipeline would be needed for this purpose.