Announcements

DEP Suspends Mariner East 2 Construction Permits

On January 3, 2018 the PA DEP issued an order suspending the construction permits associated with the Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline until all requirements outlined in the order are met.

Website Overview

The Pipeline Information Center (PIC) website serves as a central location for posting pipeline project information and updates on proposed and active pipeline projects. The PIC supports pipeline safety and public awareness through a partnership with pipeline providers, regulators, and municipal governments.

Map ImageThere are nearly 600 linear miles of existing pipeline corridors that cross through the landscape of Chester County's 760 square miles. The goal of this Pipeline Information Center webpage (the PIC) is to provide information to residents, pipeline operators and other Chester County stakeholders, including farmers and non-profit land trusts and conservancies with large preserves, that are commonly crossed by pipelines. The structure of the PIC has been designed to address stakeholders' concerns.

Key stakeholder concerns include:

Pipeline operators are also key stakeholders and their input was essential for the successful design of the PIC. At a meeting held in summer 2013, operators noted the following:

Pipeline expansion projects and new lines have continued to be an issue to county residents. To date, no public or private entity has determined how many new miles of pipelines need to be constructed to transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation to markets for consumption. An additional issue is that it has been reported the Commonwealth's current pipeline infrastructure system is not fully equipped to carry the volume of gas produced at the pressure needed to transport it to the market. A report from the Pennsylvania chapter of the Nature Conservancy estimated that between 10,000 and 23,000 new miles of pipeline would be needed for this purpose.