Tuesday, October 16, 2018

DEP: 61 Watershed Restoration, Stormwater Projects Totalling $12.6 Million Funded By Mariner East 2 Pipeline Penalty

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday announced it has selected 61 projects to receive grants from the historic $12.6 million penalty assessed to Sunoco for violations related to the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. The selected projects improve water quality, restore watersheds, and improve stormwater management.
“One thing that all of these projects have in common is that they will improve Pennsylvania’s water – whether that is through reducing runoff pollution, restoring watersheds, or other means,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
In February 2018, DEP collected the $12.6 million penalty for numerous violations along the Mariner East 2 pipeline and began accepting grant applications in April.

Grants were awarded for stormwater management, invasive species removal, forest restoration, farm runoff reduction, streambank restoration, and many other projects that ultimately improve water quality in Pennsylvania.
Grantees include County Conservation Districts, municipalities, school districts, and non-profit organizations.
“These projects do not absolve Sunoco of its responsibility to restore any damage to Pennsylvania waters and wetlands through the construction of the pipeline. But it is nice that this penalty could be put directly towards other deserving improvement projects in the communities along the right-of-way,” said McDonnell. “DEP has been vigilant in holding Sunoco accountable for violations and will continue to do so.”
Click Here for a list of projects funded.
For more information on actions taken by DEP related to the Mariner East 2 Pipeline, visit DEP’s Mariner East 2 Pipeline webpage.
The Public Utility Commission has also taken a series of actions related to the Mariner East 2 pipeline.


No comments :

Post a Comment

Subscribe To Receive Updates:

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner