Sunoco’s Incidents, Fines and Shutdowns Fuel Residents’ Safety Concerns
John Hurdle | WITF
As Sunoco nears the planned opening of its Mariner East 2 pipeline across Pennsylvania, opponents say the company’s nationwide construction record over more than a decade heightens concerns about the safety of the natural gas liquids line.
The company’s claims that the multibillion-dollar project will boost the state’s economy and help to bring abundant Marcellus Shale reserves to market are being overshadowed by a long and continuing series of spills and sanctions during the 20 months it has been under construction.
Critics of the project say Sunoco has paid little heed to the fines and shutdowns handed out by Pennsylvania regulators. They note that the company has continued to spill drilling fluid into waterways, prompting the Department of Environmental Protection to issue dozens of violations, as recently as Sept. 18, despite the agency’s $12.6 million penalty and permit suspension earlier this year for what it called “egregious” violations…(Read the full story)