East Goshen Township confirms no inadvertent return on Carriage Drive
East Goshen Township confirms that there was no inadvertent return of drilling mud along Carriage Drive on Friday, October 4. The township was informed that the contractor for Sunoco was washing down its mud machine at the Wellington site prior to removing it and some left the work site. East Goshen Public Works confirmed that no mud was found in the storm sewer system and the matter was reported to DEP. View the notice from East Goshen Township on their Sunoco Update page.
Chester County Commissioners provide input on House Bill 1735: Pipeline Early Detection and Warning Board
On September 17, 2019, the Chester County Commissioners provided feedback on legislation proposed by Rep Danielle Friel-Otten for the creation of a Pipeline Early Detection and Warning Board for Pennsylvania under the Department of Community and Economic Development.
Chester County files comments with the PUC regarding the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Hazardous Liquid Public Utility Safety Standards
On September 11, 2019 the County of Chester filed comments with the PA PUC as part of the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) for Hazardous Liquids Public Utility Safety Standards. The purpose of the comments is to provide input into the amendment and enhancement of Chapter 59, which relates to the PA PUC and the regulation of public utilities which transport petroleum products and other hazardous liquids. View the submitted comments.
Chester County Commissioners send letter to Governor Wolf
On August 19, 2019 the Chester County Commissioners sent a letter to Governor Wolf which included a discussion of Mariner East and their request to meet with the Governor to discuss not only Mariner East, but other pipeline-related initiatives.
Commissioners Establish Pipeline Safety Advisory Board
Chester County Commissioners approved a resolution establishing the Chester County Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, to review any activity undertaken by pipeline operators throughout the county. A second resolution, clarifying public membership on the advisory board, was adopted on October 16, 2019. 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 right0of0way to review, discuss and make recommendations to the Commissioners and county departments on how to ensure citizen safety when it comes to pipelines. Read the press release.
Interested and eligible residents, those living along any pipeline right-of-way, should send a resume and cover letter to Kara Rahn, Chester County Deputy Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for public positions is October 25, 2019.
PA PUC Extends review period to September 11, 2019
The PA PUC extended their public comment period through September 11, 2019 for the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR.) This ANOPR is part of the process of developing regulations to address Hazardous Liquid Public Utility Safety Standards. Comments must be filed with the Secretary of the PA PUC before the close of business on September 11, 2019. The PA PUC Docket Number for this ANOPR L-2019-301267.
County Commissioners to conduct pipeline safety evaluation of Mariner East
On August 21, 2019, the Chester County Commissioners instructed the Department of Emergency Services to oversee a comprehensive, independent, and scientific evaluation of all hazards and threats of the Mariner East pipeline. This evaluation will ensure that first responders in Chester County will have the most comprehensive emergency preparedness plans, should there be an incident with the Mariner East pipelines. Read the press release.
Chester County Commissioners take action against Sunoco Pipeline LP related to Mariner East pipeline project
On Thursday, February 28, 2019, the Chester County Commissioners announced two key steps in their ongoing actions against Sunoco Pipeline LP - filing an intervention in the Flynn et al. v. Sunoco Pipeline LP proceeding before the PA PUC, as well as a notice of termination of two temporary easements on the Chester County Library property.
Chester County Commissioners submit letter to the PA PUC regarding Sunoco
On Friday January 25, 2019, the Chester County Commissioners submitted a letter to the PA PUC expressing growing concern with the lack of information and transparency being provided to the Department of Emergency Services and residents after repeated attempts of Chester County to obtain safety information relating to the Mariner East projects (specifically the most recent sinkhole) and not receiving the requested information from Energy Transfer Partners/Sunoco.
Nearly 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.