NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. - Sunoco Logistics Partners said there's so much interest in its plans to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across southern Pennsylvania that the company will actually build two pipelines.
President and CEO Michael J. Hennigan broke the news to industry analysts during a conference call about the company's quarterly earnings on Wednesday.
Environmental advocacy groups had tried to halt construction of the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 project, claiming it would unleash massive and irreparable damage to the state's environment and residents.
"We believe that a pipeline system from the Marcellus and Utica Shales to our Marcus Hook facility will be the safest and most environmentally responsible, as well as most economically effective, mode of transportation, compared to the alternatives, to bring natural gas liquids to market," Hennigan said Wednesday.
A 16-inch pipeline will be built alongside the 20-inch pipeline already under construction. They will stretch 306 miles through 17 Pennsylvania counties, including Berks, Chester, Lancaster and Lebanon.
The permitting process had always allowed a second pipeline, but Sunoco didn't formally commit to that until Wednesday.
"This project will bring feedstocks to southeastern Pennsylvania and provide an opportunity for a manufacturing re-birth in the area utilizing local production," Hennigan said. "We are proud to be executing on the largest investment to date in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing a great mechanism to move Pennsylvania natural resources to the local, regional and international markets."
The company, which has regional headquarters in Spring Township, Berks County, said the Mariner East 2 project will largely follow the same path of the Mariner East 1 pipeline.
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