Announcements

PUC Directs Sunoco Pipeline to take public safety actions

On November 18, 2021, the PA PUC directed Sunoco Pipeline LP to take certain reasonable actions to protect public safety regarding the construction and operation of the Mariner East Pipelines, including ME1, ME2, and ME2X in a 3-0 Order based on a decision by Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth H. Barnes. View the Press Release or the Commission's Order.

PA Charges Energy Transfer with Environmental Crimes related to Mariner East Project

October 5, 2021, Pennsylvania files charges against Energy Transfer for environmental crimes related to the Mariner East pipeline project. PA Attorney General has filed 48 criminal charges against Energy Transfer related to the Mariner East project, most of which are related to the release of industrial waste at 22 sites in 11 counties across the state. View the press release.

US District Court files Memorandum of Law in Support of US DOT Motion to Dismiss Sunoco Exemption Request

September 24, 2021 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia filed a Memorandum of Law in support of the US Department of Transportation's Motion to Dismiss Sunoco's request to be held exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. The attorneys for the US Department of Transportation filed a motion for dismissal of Sunoco's request to be held exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, and require the government to redact safety information about pipeline ruptures, due to their inability to allege and prove that the government has violated some law other than the FOIA. View the full memorandum.

Chester County Seeks Consultant to Develop Specialized Pipeline Hazard Emergency Plan

On August 16, 2021, the Department of Emergency Services, on behalf of the Chester County Commissioners, issued a Request for Proposal, to specialist contractors, for the development of a natural gas liquids pipeline hazard-specific section to be added to the Chester County Emergency Operations Plan. This addition will be specific to Energy Transfer and TEPPCO pipelines, as they present specific challenges relating to emergency response to communities.

Chester County Commissioners request stop to Energy Transfer's Mariner East 1 NGL Line due to sinkholes in West Whiteland Township

On Friday, July 16, 2021, the Chester County Board of Commissioners sent letters to both the Pennsylvania PUC and Energy Transfer requesting a cease in operations to the Mariner East 1 line, due to sinkholes that have occurred since the beginning of the year.

Energy Transfer Construction Activity in West Whiteland and Uwchlan Township

Energy Transfer recently notified residents along the Horizontal Directional Drill site360 in Uwchlan and West Whiteland Townships that there will soon be construction taking place for the installation of the 20-inch pipe along the 2,840 foot segment. If you are a landowner and have questions, ET requests that you contact your right of way agent. If you are not directly in the right of way, you can contact 855-430-4491. View the letter and map.

FERC Establishes Office of Public Participation

On June 24, 2021, FERC announced that a public report outlining the establishment of the Office of Public Participation has been created and that the Commission intends to hire a director and personnel later this year, with operations expanding to include outreach and assistance in 2022 and be fully operational by 2024. View the press release and other information.

Commissioners Establish Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (updated)

On December 12, 2019, the Chester County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to appoint the members of the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board. See the listing of Board members on page four of the Commissioners' meeting minutes.

The purpose of this Board is to bring together emergency response experts, municipal officials, industry representative, and members of the public who live along a pipeline right-of-way to review, discuss, and make recommendations to the Commissioners and county departments on how to ensure citizen safety when it comes to pipelines.

Website Overview

MapNearly 600 linear miles of pipeline corridors cross Chester County's landscape. Many of these pipelines have been in place for decades but, more recently, the construction of new lines and upgrades to existing ones have increased in the county. Much of the pipeline activity is a result of the expansion of gas extraction in the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions. The increased extraction has, in turn, created a greater demand for pipeline capacity to transport the resulting products.

The Pipeline Information Center (PIC) was created to provide current information on pipelines and pipeline activity in Chester County. The Chester County Planning Commission maintains the Pipeline Information Center website and serves as the County's Point of Contact for interaction and information exchange with residents, landowners, operators, non-profits, and regulatory agencies. The website serves as a central location for information and updates on proposed and active pipeline projects. The Pipeline Information Center also supports pipeline safety and public awareness through a partnership with pipeline providers, regulators, and municipal governments.

The PIC is designed to address stakeholders' primary concerns and includes sections such as an interactive map that allows users to search for their location relative to nearby pipelines as well as other mapping information; pipelines in the news which includes articles about local pipeline projects; and active pipeline projects which provides information on current pipeline projects proposed in Chester County.

A full site index is available and provides a quick overview of the site's extensive contents.