Mariner East 2 Pipeline Now in Service

Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline began service Saturday despite the pipeline still battling a criminal investigation that was opened by a Chester County District Attorney earlier in December.

Sunoco was able to meet its self-made 2018 deadline. The pipeline is part of a $5.1 billion effort by the company to transport natural gas liquids to a refinery at Marcus Hook.

Over the last two years, the Sunoco has fought off protests and lawsuits over the pipeline. It has been delayed by state-mandated shutdowns and cited for safety violations.

Sunoco’s parent company, Energy Transfer LP, announced that the secondary Mariner East 2X pipeline should be completed late 2019.

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Energy Transfer To Attend Hearing Regarding Mariner East 2

Energy Transfer LP representatives will be attending a hearing on Thursday to defend the company’s plan to put the Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipe into service by year end.

The company wants to temporarily connect an existing 12-inch pipe from the 1930’s to the part of its long-delayed 20-inch Mariner East 2 pipeline that has been already completed in order to start transporting liquids for customers.

Customers have been waiting for more than a year to ship liquids on Mariner East 2. The original planned service date for the $2.5 billion project that began in February 2017 was third quarter of that same year.

Mariner East 2 has been under scrutiny for being one of two Energy Transfer projects that have amassed over 800 state and federal permit violations while being built.


Sunoco's Mariner East II Delayed as Regulatory Issues Linger

Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline has been delayed as the company works to overcome “regulatory issues.” Sunoco targeted the end of September as their starting date for the natural gas liquids pipeline.

“ME2 is not in service at this time due to regulatory issues we continue to work through. These issues have slowed our construction in a few areas along the route. We will put the line in service once it is mechanically complete,” Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for Sunoco’s parent, Energy Transfer Partners said in a statement.

Although the issue was not specified, a Pennsylvania PUC spokesman said that there are “numerous ongoing matters” regarding the project that are before the PUC and have yet to be resolved.

According to Whyy, the issues include:

·       A PUC injunction that blocks construction at two sites in Chester County’s West Whiteland Township;

·       A complaint to the PUC by state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) and others, seeking to stop construction in West Whiteland;

·       An investigation into the June spill of 33,000 gallons of gasoline into Darby Creek near Philadelphia from an existing ETP pipeline that the company plans to use temporarily as part of ME2 while the new pipeline is being completed;

·       An investigation into a strike on a section of ME2 by a water contractor at Middletown, Delaware County, in May;

·       A joint federal-state investigation into “allegations concerning weld inspections.”

In late August, the PUC said it was looking into reports of “improper” weld inspections.
PHMSA said it was concerned about how the x-rays were taken rather than on the welds themselves.


Mariner East 1 Pipeline Gets OK to Resume Service Despite Previous Sink Hole Discovery

Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted to allow Energy Transfer Partner’s Sunoco Mariner East 1 to return to service. The natural gas liquid pipeline was suspended for safety reasons last month.

Service on Mariner East 1 through West Whiteland Township was halted after sinkholes were discovered, resulting in an emergency order to suspend service.

After inspections, all five PUC commissioners reversed the suspension. However. three of the five commissioners voted to keep Mariner East 2 and 2X pipelines from being worked on in West Whiteland Township.

ETP stated that it would consider its legal options in regard to the commissioners decision to keep Mariner East 2 and 2X from being worked on. The PUC would like ETP to conduct more inspections, among other things, prior to restarting construction.

These delays have extended Mariner East 2’s proposed start-up date from the third quarter of 2017 to potentially the third quarter of 2018.


Pennsylvania PUC Judge Orders Shutdown of Mariner East 1 Pipeline Yet Again

Just weeks after Pennsylvania regulators allowed Energy Transfer Partners to restart its Mariner East 1 natural gas liquids pipeline, a Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge on Thursday ordered the company to shut it down again.

PUC hearing examiner Elizabeth Barnes issued the emergency order requiring Energy Transfer to suspend service on its Mariner East 1 pipeline in West Whiteland Township.

Barnes also required the company to halt construction of two new Mariner East pipelines in West Whiteland.

The order comes after a complaint from State Senator Andy Dinniman about the safety of the construction in West Whiteland. Dinniman said the Mariner East project has potentially endangered the safety and “very way of life” in nearby communities, including the local environment and water resources.

Energy Transfer Partners said the order disregards the law and the PUC’s procedures. Legally, the pipeline company has seven days to request the PUC to review the judge’s order.

Earlier this month, the PUC had allowed Energy Transfer to restart operations of the Mariner East 1 pipeline after it ordered a shutdown in March when sinkholes appeared during construction of the new Mariner East 2 pipeline along the same route.

Energy Transfer said it would continue construction in all areas of the project except the 3.5-mile segment in West Whiteland.


Energy Transfer Plans 600,000-bpd Crude Pipeline from Permian Basin to Texas Coast

Energy Transfer Partners said Thursday it is building a crude pipeline from the Permian basin to the Houston Ship Channel and Nederland, Texas to serve growing export markets at coast ports.

The pipeline will have an initial capacity of 600,000 barrels per day and will be expandable to 1 million barrels per day, according to the company. The pipeline is planned to come online by 2020.

Energy Transfer Partners is also asking federal regulators for permission to put the full Rover natural gas pipeline in service by June 1. The Rover pipeline is designed to carry 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields to the U.S. Midwest and Ontario, Canada.

Energy Transfer Partner's Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline in Pennsylvania has been delayed to come online in the third quarter of this year. Mariner East 2 is designed to expand capacity of the existing Mariner East from 70,000 to 345,000 barrels per day.

Energy Transfer is also planning an expansion called Mariner East 2X that will add another 250,000 barrels per day to the Mariner East project. The expansion is expected in 2019.

The company also said its 1.4 billion cubic-feet-per-day Red Bluff gas pipeline in the Permian will enter service later this month.


Energy Transfer Partners Offers to Relocate Families Affected by Sinkholes From Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction

Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners said it would relocate five Philadelphia families affected by sinkholes in their backyards that formed last month during construction for the Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline.

After the sinkholes were reported, the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission ordered a temporary halt to Energy Transfer's Sunoco Mariner East 1 pipeline, which runs parallel to the Mariner East 2 that is currently under construction, while Energy Transfer and regulators assess the integrity of East 1.

The 87-year-old Mariner East 1 carries as much as 70,000 barrels of natural gas liquids daily across Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook.

The families have been offered relocation for up to six weeks as well as reimbursement for food while Energy Transfer conducts geotechnical studies in their backyards related to the sinkholes.

The $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipeline is designed to run for 350 miles spanning Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania and will carry propane, butane, and ethane from the Marcellus Shale formation to the Marcus Hook facility near Philadelphia for both domestic distribution and export.

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Mariner East 2 Pipeline Spills Fluid in Creek Again, Pennsylvania Regulators Issue Notice of Violation

Pennsylvania state regulators on Friday issued a notice of violation to Energy Transfer Partners' Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline after the company notified the department that it had released drilling fluids into a stream.

Energy Transfer Partners told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it released about 50 gallons of fluid into the Snitz Creek on Thursday while drilling underneath it in West Cornwall Township.

This incident marks the pipeline company's third inadvertent release of fluid into the Snitz Creek after one spill in August 2017 and another in September 2017.

The DEP said it would need to give Energy Transfer Partners its approval before drilling could begin again at the site.

The Mariner East 2 is designed to expand the total capacity of the Mariner East project to 345,000 barrels per day. Mariner East 2 is expected to be complete by the end of Q2 2018.


Pennsylvania Fines Sunoco More Than $12 Million, Allows Mariner East 2 Construction to Resume

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has allowed construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline to resume after fining the pipeline builder approximately $12.7 million.

The state DEP ordered Sunoco in early January to halt construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline across the southern part of the state, noting a series of spills of drilling fluid and other violations against the terms of its permit.

Of the 350-mile long project, 6.5 miles goes through northern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

In the DEP's order in January, it required that Sunoco fully explain the failures that led to the violations and then come up with a plan to fix those failures.

The consent agreement that came Thursday means Sunoco can now resume construction on the project that will run from the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in western Pennsylvania to an export near Philadelphia.

The DEP said it would be monitoring Sunoco's activities closely to ensure that the company meets the terms of the agreement.

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Environmental Groups Ask for More Time to Review Shell Falcon Pipeline Permits

Environmental groups are asking Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection to extend a 30-day comment period on environmental permits for Shell's Falcon pipeline that would carry natural gas liquids to the company's Beaver County Ethane Cracker in Potter Township.

The current comment period started on January 20 and ends on February 20, but environmental groups say the potential impacts of the project merit a longer timeframe for citizens to properly analyze the impacts and give proper feedback.

Environmental groups worry that Shell's project would have similar impacts to local streams and wetlands that the Mariner East 2 pipeline did in Pennsylvania while it was under construction.

The state DEP pulled construction permits for Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East 2 pipeline in early January after the project resulted in repeated permit violations and caused more than 60 spills along its route.

Shell's 97-mile pipeline would carry 107,000 barrels per day of ethane to its Beaver County Ethane Cracker.

The DEP said it is sticking to the 30-day comment period for now and that it has not yet made a decision on extending the comment period.

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