Sunoco Pipeline to Pay Over $5 Million After Three Oil Spills

Sunoco Pipeline will pay more than $5.4 million to settle with the state of Louisiana and the federal government after three oil spills occurred in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

In a Thursday agreement to pay civil penalties and state enforcement costs, the company hopes to resolve the alleged violations of the Clean Water Act from the three oil spills that occurred between 2012 and 2015. Pipeline corrosion was the cause of the spills.

550 barrels of oil in Tyler County, Texas spilled in 2013. 4,500 barrels in Caddo Parish, La. In 2015, and then 40 barrels in Grant County, Okla in 2015.

The settlement includes agreements for Sunoco to perform inspections related to corrosion.

Source:
Chron

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.

Source:
The Inquirer
Fox 29

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.

Source:
Reuters

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.

Source:
NBC Philadelphia

Mariner East 2 NatGas Liquids Pipeline Spills More Drilling Fluids in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania regulators issued another notice of violation to Energy Transfer Partners on Monday after its Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline spilled drilling fluids into a wetland.

Energy Transfer said it spilled less than one gallon of drilling fluids into a wetland in Shirley Township and that the incident was associated with horizontal drilling.

Drilling has temporarily stopped at the site until the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection gives the company permission to resume.

Since May 2017, the Pennsylvania DEP has issued 46 notices of violation to Energy Transfer for various releases during construction.

The company's last spill into this wetland happened in October when it released between 5,000-10,000 gallons of drilling fluid, which is usually a mixture of clay and water.

Several work stoppages by Pennsylvania regulators have delayed the original expected completion date for Mariner East 2. Energy Transfer hopes to complete Mariner East 2 by the end of the second quarter.

Source:
Reuters

Pennsylvania Regulators Seek to Stop Flow on Mariner East 1 Pipeline After Sinkholes Found

The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission is seeking to stop the flow of natural gas liquids on the Mariner East 1 pipeline after a series of sinkholes were found in a Philadelphia suburb.

The Commission believes construction on Sunoco's twin Mariner East 2 pipeline has caused the sinkholes and are calling for the pipeline developer's Mariner East 1 pipeline to be shut down while Sunoco and regulators assess the integrity of the 87-year-old line.

Sunoco has been boring a tunnel under the Pennsylvania neighborhood by way of horizontal drilling through which to thread the Mariner East 2 pipeline.

One house in West Whiteland Township was evacuated as a sinkhole developed only 10 feet from the house’s foundation wall. The sinkhole was 15 feet wide and 20 feet deep.

A Sunoco spokesperson said on Monday that the company took immediate measures to stabilize and secure the affected areas by injecting an “approved liquid concrete mix” into the sinkholes.

The $2.5 billion 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.

Source:
MSN

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Orders Halt on Mariner East 2 Pipeline

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has ordered Sunoco 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.

Sunoco must stop work on the 350-mile natural gas project until it complies with the terms of its permit, according to the DEP. The department has issued dozens of environmental violations to Sunoco since May, saying the company has failed to comply with the state's clean stream law and other regulations.

Sunoco must fully explain the failures that led to the violations and then come up with a plan to fix those failures, according to the DEP's order.

The Mariner East 2 pipeline will run from the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation in western Pennsylvania to an export near Philadelphia. Sunoco had said construction on the pipeline is scheduled to be complete in the second quarter of 2018.

Source:
U.S. News

Judge Halts Construction on Part of Mariner East 2 Pipeline

Proposed Route of Mariner East 2 Pipeline (  Chester County Planning Commission  )

Proposed Route of Mariner East 2 Pipeline (Chester County Planning Commission)

An administrative law judge temporary stopped construction on part of the Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline in eastern Pennslyvania while the state's Public Utility Commission hears and rules on whether the pipeline developer violated a 2015 settlement agreement with a township.

West Goshen Township argues that Sunoco started some construction on the line too early this month and also disputes Sunoco's decision to move a valve control station.

Sunoco argues it moved the valve control station for safety reasons and has otherwise complied with the agreement.

The $2.5 billion 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.

Source:
Fox Business