Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction Results In Another Spill In Delaware County

On July 17, Middletown Township in Delaware County reported to residents that there has been another bentonite spill at Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 Pipeline construction site behind Tunbridge apartments and reportedly reached Chester Creek, according to the Middletown Coalition for Community Safety.
Middletown Township reported that they had been notified around 4:30 p.m., and the Department of Environmental Protection had also been notified and was responding to the event.
The Middletown Coalition for Community Safety is disturbed, but not surprised, by Sunoco's most recent accident involving a spill of drilling fluid in Middletown Township.
In Pennsylvania, Sunoco's previous leaks of drilling fluid have impacted Cumberland, Berks, Chester and Delaware Counties, the Coalition said.
On May 10, 2017 Sunoco reported a loss of drilling slurry into Chester Creek in Brookhaven, Delaware County. On June 23, 2017 Sunoco drilled into the aquifer in West Whiteland, Chester County, impacting the private well water of at least a dozen residences.
These releases and their impacts on the waterways of the Commonwealth and the water supply of Pennsylvania residents were predicted in advance in Sunoco's own documents to the Department of Environmental Protection.
DEP was also warned about such impacts by the PA American Water Company, who wrote to the DEP on August 12, 2016 stating "the proposed route of the Sunoco pipeline has the potential to endanger PAWC's water supplies that are vital to the provision of public water service to over 12,000 Pennsylvanians."
For these reasons the Middletown Coalition for Community Safety calls upon the PA-DEP to revoke the prematurely issued water obstruction and encroachment permits. MCCS also calls upon Middletown Township to support a moratorium on all pipeline construction.
More information is available on the Middletown Coalition for Community Safety website.
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