How is this “essential” or “life-sustaining?” The price of oil is so low, it makes no sense to ship petroleum products to Europe. Fracking is a money loser under $50 a barrel — oil is hovering around $20 right now — add in the issues with groundwater contamination and new worries about radon, fracking makes no financial or public health sense. A poorly designed, built and maintained pipeline to carry said useless product is even more senseless.
According to recent testimony from an emergency services director for the Public Utility Commission in Delaware County, PA any leak from the Mariner East pipeline would affect “a large amount of people” and have devastating consequences.
"“They do not adequately inform the public of the true dangers of a possible Mariner East pipeline accident, including the likelihood of burns and fatalities prior to the time first responders could arrive,” said Boyce. “With respect to emergency communications, our emergency notification system is very good but it takes time to operate. By the time our first responders arrive at the scene of an accident, it could easily be the case that burns and fatalities already have occurred.”
"There have been significant problems over the years, both in the city of Chester with the use of incinerators, and quite honestly, there’s just been pollution in a lot of different locales that hasn’t been properly, in my view, investigated."
Dragon Pipe Diary blogger George Alexander is a vocal critic of the ME2 pipeline. He doubts the project will be completed when the company claims.
"Sunoco is telling its investors it will complete the Mariner East system in 2020. In my opinion, that is not likely," Alexander said. "In fact, 2020 will be a very tough year for Mariner East on several fronts."...