Harrisburg, PA –State Senators Tom McGarrigle (R-26), Senator Tom Killion (R-9), Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and labor leaders today praised the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) approval of permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline. This permit approval is the culmination of years of work between the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Sunoco Logistics to ensure the Mariner East II project is completed in an environmentally sound manner.
“This development is game changer for the entire Commonwealth, especially Delaware County. It’s the first major link from natural gas rich areas to the Southeast and it will create thousands of labor jobs and hundreds of permanent, family-supporting jobs, and has the potential turn our region into a 21st century ‘energy hub,’” Senator McGarrigle said. He continued, “that said, I’ll continue to follow the development of this project to ensure every single safety and environmental safeguard is in place.”
The Mariner East II project is an approximately $2.5 billion infrastructure project that will construct a state-of-the-art pipeline system to transport natural gas liquids from Ohio and Pittsburgh to Marcus Hook, Delaware County. Together, the Mariner East projects will support over 15,000 jobs annually over a two year-period and ultimately have $150 million annual economic impact on the Pennsylvania economy once completed.
“These permits come after a rigorous environmental review process from DEP. In reviewing this application, DEP employed an enhanced public participation process that extended the public comment period and made special accommodations to host five public hearings across all the Commonwealth. The intense environmental review will ensure this project is done in the most environmentally sensitive way,” said Senator Killion.
The DEP permitting process for the project started in 2015. DEP has issued the water obstruction and encroachment permits which allows the project to move forward.
“This success is the result of people coming together regardless of political affiliation to realize a great opportunity for our area. This project creates a significant number of good-paying, family-sustaining jobs and provides a critically necessary boost for our entire region,” said John J. Dougherty, Business Manager of the Philadelphia Building Trades. “In addition to the Senators, I’d like to thank all of the business managers for their leadership and efforts to bring this to fruition. I’d especially like to thank Anthony Gallagher, Business Manager Local 420, who has dedicated the last few months making this project his top priority and without his efforts we would not have been as successful.”
Charlie Priscopo, Assistant Business Manager of Operating Engineers Local 542, said “on behalf of all operating engineers, I would like to thank the Governor, Senators McGarrigle, Killion and Scarnati for their dedication to getting this project approved. This project will employ hundreds of operating engineers which will let them provide for their families and will bring strong growth and development to Delaware County.”
The first phase of the project, Mariner East 1, became fully functional in 2016. Mariner East 2 will add additional off-take points for in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania. It is expected to be completed late 2017.