For Immediate Release
Energy Transfer has quietly purchased two neighboring homes on a street in West Whiteland Township that has been devastated by sinkholes and water contamination linked to construction of the company’s dangerous Mariner East 2 pipeline.
Construction of the 350-mile pipeline, which would carry highly volatile fracked gas liquids across Pennsylvania, has been plagued by repeated safety violations, drilling spills and sinkholes.
Homes on Lisa Drive were severely impacted, and several homeowners were involved in lawsuits against the company. While nondisclosure agreements obscure some of the details, county deed records show the company paid $400,000 for each of the properties.
“Sunoco’s careless construction practices have literally driven these people from their homes. This is tragic, and it raises more questions about the safety of residents along the pipeline route, who must be left to wonder if they will be forced to flee as well,” said Food & Water Watch organizer Sam Rubin.
While state regulators have repeatedly halted construction in the area due to spills and sinkholes, Governor Tom Wolf’s administration has failed to take decisive action to shut down the dangerous project, angering community leaders and residents who have spent years fighting the project.
Opponents of the pipeline point out that homes, community centers, and at least 41 schools are within the probable fatality zone of the pipeline, which would carry volatile fracked gas liquids intended for export to Europe for use in plastics manufacturing.
In 2016, Sunoco was found to have the worst spill record of any oil pipeline company in the country. A recent analysis shows that Sunoco/Energy Transfer were cited for over 800 violations of state and federal permits on the Mariner East and Rover pipelines in Pennsylvania.
The pipeline has drawn intense local opposition, prompting many state lawmakers to join residents and environmentalists in calling for the project to be stopped.
With the Mariner East construction plagued by delays and destruction, at the end of 2018 Sunoco put together a temporary patchwork of old pipelines to carry the volatile liquids to its facility outside of Philadelphia. This “Frankenpipe” has intensified fears about the possibility for a catastrophic leak in densely populated neighborhoods in Delaware and Chester Counties.