Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance
[Editor’s Note: Pennsylvania DEP will hold a virtual hearing on a Mariner East pipeline rerouting on June 16 and this is an opportunity to send DEP a message.]
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that a public comment period has opened on the proposed construction modifications for a portion of Mariner East running through the Marsh Creek area in Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County. A virtual hearing is set for June 16.
The pipeline developer in April submitted plans to DEP for a “major modification” for its permitted work at this site. The change would alter the construction method from horizontal directional drilling to open cut, with additional alterations to the pipeline route. DEP still must approve the plan.
The modification is being pursued based on geological realities in the field. Horizontal directional drilling is a steerable, trenchless method of installing underground pipe. Open trench installation is an excavation where the pipeline is lowered into the trench and covered. The open trench method eliminates the potential for inadvertent returns.
Opponents most likely will use this opportunity to call for shutting down the entire Mariner East network, a legally permitted project, just as they always do. But that’s not what this comment period is about. This is about ensuring construction is done in a safe, environmentally responsible manner, with minimal disruption to the community, so that work along this small section of line can finally finish and our commonwealth can finally realize the full benefits of this important infrastructure project.
Editor’s Note: This is an easy way to help Mariner East and fight back against antis determined to fight every inch of pipeline who have fought the company every step of the way. It’s easy to sign up. visit this page, here and click the “Register” link where it says “Event status.” Once you enter your information, you’ll receive a “Registration Confirmed” pop-up, followed by an autogenerated confirmation email with the info you will need to join the hearing. Keep that email and use it to access Webex on the day of the hearing! Register now!
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