Update Tuesday, 10:15am—This post updates earlier posts about the inadvertent return (mud spill) on Boot Road. It is our understanding that Sunoco contractors have completed the vacuuming work along Boot Road. In addition, this morning the Township’s Public Works Department televised the sewer lines in the vicinity of the spill and there was no evidence of any structural damage to or infiltration of drilling fluid into the Township’s sanitary sewer infrastructure.
Update, 3:45pm, Monday June 3—As of Monday afternoon, Sunoco contractors have completed grouting at the site of the recent inadvertent return (mud spill) on Boot Road. A Vac-Truck will remain on site to suck up any remaining excess water and grout that comes to the surface, so you may experience traffic delays along Boot Road for another day or so. Once the site has settled, it is the Township’s understanding that horizontal directional drilling will resume. Township administrative staff, Public Works crews and Supervisors have been on the site multiple times and have confirmed that no contaminated materials have entered retention basins or the Township’s storm sewer infrastructure. Public Works crews will be on site early tomorrow morning to televise the Township’s sanitary sewer system to ensure that it is unaffected as well.
Sunday, 6:30pm: This post is an addendum to the post from Friday afternoon about Sunoco’s grouting work on Boot Road, just south of Wilson Drive. As you may have observed over the weekend, the grouting work was more involved than originally anticipated. Due to the high water table caused by the recent rains, the grouting pushed water and excess grout onto the roadway. While some excess grout and grout was expected (see the Friday post), clearly there was more of both substances than expected. Sunoco contractors will be on site through the night vacuuming up the excess water and grout. Aqua America, the water utility, has also been coordinating with Sunoco contractors on the matter. In addition, the Township has been in close contact with PennDOT–Boot Road is a state road–and has also confirmed that Township streams and our storm sewer system have not been affected.
On Saturday, June 1 Sunoco will be grouting the borehole under Boot Road that runs south from the drill site on Boot Road and Route 202. This grouting is required to seal the fissure (or crack) in the bedrock that caused the inadvertent return that occurred along Boot Road just south of Wilson Drive on Wednesday May 29. It is expected that during the grouting process, some of the excess drilling fluid and grout will come to the surface. These materials will be vacuumed up and disposed of by Sunoco. Once the grout has hardened Sunoco will resume HDD operations.
Click here to read the approved HDD Inadvertent Return Assessment, Preparedness, Prevention and Contingency Plan for this project.
This morning, the Township was made aware of an inadvertent return (mud spill) near 1354 Boot Road, in the vicinity of, but further south of the two, other recent spills. DEP has been notified. Sunoco contractors will be vacuuming and then grouting the site in the days ahead. The Township Public Works Department has confirmed that the spill did not damage or impact Township infrastructure or nearby waterways.
No Inadvertent Return on May 9
Multiple media outlets have reported that there was another inadvertent return (mud spill) on Boot Road and Wilson Drive on Thursday, May 9, which would have been the third such event in that area since April 29. However, what happened yesterday was not an inadvertent return.
To clarify, yesterday Sunoco grouted the borehole under Boot Road that runs south from the drill site on Boot Road and Route 202. This grouting was necessitated by protocols to seal the fissure (or crack) in the bedrock that caused the inadvertent return that occurred at Wilson Drive and Boot Road on Tuesday (5/7/19) evening. During the grouting process, some of the excess grout came up through the ground. This grout was expected and the grout was vacuumed up which led to some confusion.
Sunoco cannot drill during the grouting process. Therefore, it was not possible for an inadvertent return to have occurred yesterday morning.
The Township continues to monitor the pipeline operation carefully and wants to provide our residents with the most accurate information.
Sunoco has completed the pipe pull back between the HDD site by Quaker Village and the Goshen Executive Center. They are planning to do some low pressure air testing of this section of the pipeline on Saturday May 11, 2019, which will make a “Whistling Sound” as the air is bled off.
5/9/2019 – Sunoco Update
Sunoco is currently grouting the borehole under Boot Road that runs south from their HDD site on Boot Road and Route 202. This grouting will seal off the fissure or crack in the bedrock that caused the inadvertent return or “mud spill” that occurred at Wilson Drive and Boot Road on Tuesday (5/7/19) evening.
The PA DEP and PA PUC are aware of the inadvertent return and grouting operation.
Please be advised that yesterday evening, there was an inadvertent return of water and non-toxic bentonite clay—what’s commonly known as a “mud spill”—along Wilson Drive near the intersection with Boot Road related to the Mariner East drilling operations in our region. Clean-up crews were on site shortly thereafter and as of early morning the roadway was fully clean. In addition, the Township’s Public Works Department was on-site and ensured that both area streams and the Township’s sewer system were not impacted.
A picture of Wilson Drive heading towards Boot Road at approximately 7:30 pm on April 29.
4/22/2019 – Mariner I Back in Service
Click here for the PUC press release.
03/13/2019 – Petition to Intervene – Sunoco Pipeline Update
In the matter of Flynn v Sunoco, a Second Interim Order has granted East Goshen Township Intervention.
Click here to read the Order which, inter alia, grants the Intervention of East Goshen Township.
1/29/2018 – Age of the Sunoco Pipeline that runs through East Goshen Township
Some residents have questioned the age of the Sunoco Pipeline that runs through East Goshen Township. Please be advised that Sunoco replaced its pipeline that runs through East Goshen Township in:
- 1999 – From Greenhill Road to Paoli Pike
- 2001 – From Paoli Pike to Manley Road
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC’s) Independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (I&E) – which includes the PUC’s Pipeline Safety Division – continues its active and ongoing safety investigation regarding the Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline, operated by Sunoco Pipeline LP, a/k/a Energy Transfer Partners (SPLP).
Following discussions with the PUC’s I&E, the remainder of ME1 has been “shut down” by SPLP (since Jan. 21), meaning no product is flowing in this pipeline anywhere in Pennsylvania. SPLP is not permitted to resume the transportation of product through ME1 until approval is received from I&E.
Click here to view this press release in its entirety.
East Goshen Township has filed a petition to Intervene in the Meghan Flynn et al V. Sunoco Pipeline L.P.
Read the petition in its entirety here.
Mariner East 1 Pipeline
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement – which includes the PUC’s Pipeline Safety Division – issued an update regarding the active and ongoing safety investigation regarding the Mariner East 1 pipeline.
Click here to view this press release in its entirety.
ENERGY TRANSFER ANNOUNCES MARINER EAST 2 PIPELINE IS IN SERVICE
Mariner East 2 Pipeline is now in service. This line transports propane, ethane and butane – all natural gas liquids – from Eastern Ohio to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.
Chester County District Attorney opens criminal investigation into Mariner East Pipeline. Anyone with information should contact Detective Ben Martin at 610-344-6866.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has determined that no permit modifications by Sunoco are necessary for the Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) at the Strasburg Road/Bow Tree Drive Location.
We have been advised that Sunoco has announced that the Mariner East 2 and Mariner East 2x pipelines are not expected to be completed until 2020.
Click here to read more.
10/19/18 – Final Report Citizens Risk Assessment
The Final Report of the Citizens Risk Assessment of the Sunoco Mariner East Project, performed by Quest Consultants Inc, has been released.
8/27/18 – Sunoco Pipeline L.P. will conduct a hydrostatic test on or about August 31, 2018.
Click here to read the letter.
8/16/18 – DEP Completes Review, Accepts Permit Modification Requests for Mariner East 2 in Chester County
Norristown, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today it has completed its review of requests for modifications to Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control) and Chapter 105 (Water Obstructions and Encroachments) permits submitted by Sunoco Pipeline, LP (SPLP) for parts of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. The requests are for two sites in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.
SPLP’s proposed modifications are a result of its re-evaluation of the original plan to conduct Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD). SPLP has proposed to change methodology from HDD to conventional bore for one drill site, and from HDD to a combination of conventional bore, open trench and HDD for the other drill. As a result of the changed methodology, potential impacts to a public water supply well, other water resources and sensitive areas are expected to be avoided.
“These approvals have undergone substantial and thorough reviews by technical staff, with careful consideration given to the significant public input received during the extended comment period and public hearing held this past spring,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
More detailed information regarding these modifications, including the amended permits and comment response document, can be found on DEP’s Mariner East 2 webpage on its Pipeline Portal.
7/30/18 – Sunoco and Environmental Groups settle. View Final Stipulation of Settlement Clean Air etc. v. DEP. Sunoco.
7/25/18 – Sunoco’s Close Survey Notification to begin 7/25/18.
7/18/18 – Volunteers needed
At their meeting on July 17, 2018 the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 2018-78 authorizing the creation of a Pipeline Task Force. The Mission Statement for the Task Force reads as follows:
“The Pipeline Task Force shall advise the Board of Supervisors on pipeline infrastructure matters affecting or impacting East Goshen Township and its residents.”
- Sunoco intends to start the open cut pipe installation in front of Giant Supermarket on Boot Road in the near future.
- Sunoco is in the process of reevaluating all of the Horizontal Direction Drills (HDDs). Sunoco does not know how long this will take.
- In June Sunoco advised Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) that they intend to use the existing 12” line to transport Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs). This line is currently used to transport other petroleum products. They need to give PHSMA a 60 day notice so they intend start transporting NGLs in mid to late August. This will reduce the pressure to complete the Mariner East 2 and Mariner East 2X pipelines.
On Thursday, June 14th, the PA Public Utility Commission partially upheld and partially reversed the Administrative Law Judge’s May 24, 2018 interim emergency order regarding West Whiteland Township. A copy of the decision can be found here.
Both Senator Killion and Chester County Commissioners submitted letters urging the PUC to uphold the Emergency Order suspending the Sunoco Mariner East 1, 2 and 2X pipeline projects.
6/6/18 – East Goshen submits letter in support of Senator Dinniman’s petition for Emergency Relief
Read letter here.
6/1/18 – Sunoco Withdrawals Summary Appeal
Sunoco Pipeline, L.P. withdrawals appeal from the March 13th District Court guilty finding of violating the Township’s Noise Ordinances.
A copy of the letter can be found here.
5/24/18 – Mariner East Pipelines Shut Down
On May 24, an Administrative Law Judge of the Public Utility Commission ruled in favor of Senator Dinniman’s request for emergency relief, shutting down the operation of Mariner East 1 and halting construction on Mariner East 2 & 2X.
In her decision, Judge Elizabeth Barnes wrote, “”I find there to be an imminent risk to the public and a need for immediate relief and further study to be done on ME1, ME2 and ME2X for the Commission and its Bureau of Safety Engineers to evaluate before construction should resume on ME 2 or ME2X in West Whiteland Twp. and before a potential catastrophic event occurs on ME 1. Additionally, local and state government needs time to create emergency evacuation and notification plans and to educate the public before operations should resume.”
Sunoco Pipeline LP now has 30 days to conduct geophysical and geotechnical studies to the PUC.
A copy of the judge’s decision can be found here.
5/4/18 – Operations on Mariner 1 Reinstated
Press Release: PUC allows Reinstatement of Operations on Mariner 1 East Pipeline Following Resolution of Safety Concerns; Requires Additional Notification and Reporting
Click here for more information.
4/17/18 – Citizens Risk Assessment Presentation
The Citizens Risk Assessment was presented at the 4/17/18 Board of Supervisors meeting. This assessment is a process to review all factors that contribute to understanding pipeline risk as it relates to safety.
4/16/18 Advisory – DEP to hold Public Hearing-West Whiteland Site
The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it will hold a public hearing to receive comments on two permit modification requests from Sunoco for the Mariner East 2 Pipeline. Both requests are for sites in West Whiteland Township.
4/4/2018 – Citizen’s Risk Assessment
The risk assessment presentation for the Sunoco Pipeline project has been rescheduled to the April 17th Board of Supervisors meeting.
Click here to read the assessment.
3/22/2018 – Mariner 1 East
East Goshen Township files a Petition to Intervene in reference to the PUC’s emergency order suspending operations of Sunoco’s Mariner 1 East Pipeline.
3/15/2018 – Mariner 1 East
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) unanimously ratified an Emergency Order regarding Sunoco Pipeline L.P., also known as Energy Transfer Partners, to suspend operations of the Mariner East 1 Pipeline in response to concerns regarding the integrity of that pipeline.
Today’s 5-0 vote by the Commission ratified the Emergency Order, which was initially authorized on March 7, 2018 by PUC Chairman Gladys M. Brown. The PUC’s procedural regulations require any Emergency Order be placed on the agenda of the Commission’s next public meeting for a ratification vote.
Click here to see view the press release in its entirety.
3/13/2018 – Sunoco Hearing
On March 13, at a hearing before District Court Judge Thomas Tartaglio, Sunoco Pipeline, L.P. was found guilty of violating the Township’s Noise Ordinance on October 13th, 16th & 23rd and November 1st , 2nd , 3rd & 6th. Sunoco was found not guilty of violating the ordinance on December 14th and 15th. Sunoco has 30 days to appeal the judge’s decision.
3/7/2018 – PUC Suspends Mariner 1 pipeline
The PA Public Utility Commission suspended operations on Sunoco’s Mariner 1 East pipeline. Mariner 1 is the existing pipeline that was retrofitted in 2014 and runs along Boot Road and N. Chester Road (Rte 352). The PUC’s order was in response to a petition from the PUC’s Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement filed on 3/7/18 that raised concerns about the sinkholes in West Whiteland Township.
A copy of the emergency order can be found here: PUC Order 030718
PA DEP and Sunoco reached an agreement to lift the January 3, 2018 stop work order that suspended permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. Click here for more information.
2/6/2018 – On February 2nd, the Sunoco Mariner East II Pipeline appealed DEP’s January 3rd suspension of its construction permits. Click here for more information.
2/2/2018 A February 2, 2018 letter from PA PUC Chairman Gladys Brown regarding pipeline risk assessments is sent to Gov. Wolf. Click here to read it.
1/10/2018 – Click here to read an article from StateImpact Pennsylvania regarding the Sunoco work being allowed to continue despite the DEP order.
1/3/2018- DEP Announced Suspension to Mariner East 2 Construction Permits
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued an order suspending the construction permits associated with the Mariner East 2 pipeline until Sunoco meets the requirements outlined in the order. Sunoco must cease all construction activity on the pipeline project, except for maintenance of erosion controls and limited maintenance of horizontal directional drilling equipment.
“Until Sunoco can demonstrate that the permit conditions can and will be followed, DEP has no alternative but to suspend the permits,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We are living up to our promise to hold this project accountable to the strong protections in the permits.”
Click here for more information from the DEP Website.
12/21/17 – The PA PUC voted 3 to 2 to lift the injunction that prohibited drilling in West Goshen Township.
11/21/17 – Resolution 173 (2017) Pipeline Policy Change #2
At the meeting on November 21, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved a Resolution 173 that is regarding the need for bipartisan action to advance, approve and enact pending legislation for the regulation of interstate and intrastate pipeline transmission infrastructure in the interests of health, safety and welfare of all the citizens in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This step was taken in response to the bipartisan group of legislators that introduced several bills related to pipeline policies.
Resolution 173 (2017)
Drilling Spill – October 25, 2017
At approximately 12:15pm today, a resident from the Pin Oaks Development notified the Township of a drilling spill that had run through a backyard and into the Township’s storm sewer system. Township staff immediately notified Sunoco about the spill, and Sunoco dispatched a vac-truck to clean up the mud. The drilling mud contains a material called bentonite that is non-toxic.
Pipeline Maintenance Update, 10/5/17
Update, 10/3/17 – Resolution-170-2017 was approved by East Goshen Township’s Board of Supervisors. This resolution is regarding the need for policy change in law and regulation of intrastate and interstate oil and gas pipelines. This letter along with the resolution was sent to Governor Wolf encouraging him to give careful consideration to it.
Update, 4:00pm, 8/23–Sunoco received permission from DEP to resume drilling at Quaker Ridge/Rite Aid Site on Boot Road
Sunoco Pipeline Update (10:30am, 8/17): 08/10/2017 Corrected Stipulated Order and Exhibits
03/22/2017 Sunoco Horizontal Directional Drilling Plans
20″ Pipeline Plans
16″ Pipeline Plans
03/22/2017 Sunoco Erosion and Sedimentation Plans
5/3/2017 – Noise Testing Services Sunoco Pipeline
5/3/2017 – Noise Monitoring Areas
04/21/2017 – Letter to Sunoco Regarding Erosion and Sedimentation Permit
April 2017 – Preparation for a Pipeline Emergency in East Goshen Township
03/21/2017 – Mariner East Presentation at the March 21, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting
02/22/2017 – Letter to Sunoco Regarding Erosion & Sedimentation
February 13, 2017 – Erosion & Sediment Control (E&S) Permit
February 13, 2017 – Water Obstruction & Encroachment Permit
01/06/17 – Accufacts Report on Sunoco Mariner East 2 Expansion Project
09/06/2016 – Erosion & Sediment Permit Technical Deficiency Letter from DEP
09/06/2016 – Chapter 105 Permit Technical Deficiency Letter from DEP
08/26/2016 – Stormwater Management and Erosion and Sedimentation Review by Pennoni
08/01/2016 – Mariner East: Proposed Project Route
03/18/2016 – Erosion & Sediment Control & Site Restoration Plan
03/01/2016 – East Goshen Township Grants Easement to Sunoco
02/23/2016 – Sunoco Logistics Mariner East Project Presentation
02/10/2016 – Sunoco PUC Certificates
02/04/2016 – Information on a Typical Horizontal Directional Drilling Machine
12/21/2015 – Sunoco Right of Way Office Now Open in Exton
12/14/2015 – Fact Sheet
11/06/2015 – Mariner Project FAQS
10/28/2015 – Letter from PA DEP
10/27/2015 – Heading would be Sunoco application with Delaware River Basin Commission (see Docket Entry 18)
10/26/2015 – Letter from PA DEP
08/27/2015 – Application for Earth Disturbance by Tetra Tech for Sunoco’s Pennsylvania Pipe Line Project
Presented at 06/02/15 Board of Supervisors Meeting – Pipelines – Engineered For Safety & Reliability
Presented at 06/02/15 Board of Supervisors Meeting – Proposed Mariner East 2 Pipeline Map
04/21/2015 – Prehearing Cancelled Since No Objection Filed
04/14/2015 – West Goshen Township Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public meeting for East High School for Tuesday, April 14th to discuss a settlement agreement. View more information here.
03/16/2015 – Sunoco Granted Extension
03/16/2015 – Amended Petition
03/17/2015 – Pennsylvania Pipeline Project
03/05/2015 – Sunoco Has Resolved Issue With West Goshen Over Pump Station
02/13/2015 – Further Pre-hearing Conference Notice
02/05/2015 – Econsult Solutions Press Release
02/05/2015 – Sunoco Logistics Mariner East Economic Impact Report Executive Summary
02/04/2015 – Mariner East Projects Fact Sheet
02/04/2015 – Pipeline Safety Fact Sheet
02/04/2015 – Mariner East Chester County Map
02/04/2015 – Mariner East Pipeline Project Map
02/04/2015 – Mariner East FAQs
The following e-mail was received on Friday, January 2, 2015
Final Steps in Returning the Mariner East 1 Line
PA PUC Order entered on October 29, 2014
10/02/2014 – PUC Directs Further Hearings on Zoning Exemption Request by Sunoco Pipeline
Hydrostatic Testing Notification
Sunoco Exceptions to Initial Decision – August 19, 2014
East Goshen Township Petition to Intervene
PUC Recognition of Sunoco Petition
East Goshen Township Petition of Sunoco Pipeline LP
PUC Filings as of 04/11/2014
Click here to view documents regarding the Sunoco Pump Station located on Boot Road near Route 202. You will need to search for Docket # P-2014-2411966 in order to view documents related to this particular pump station.
PHILADELPHIA, December 4, 2013 – Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) today announced that it will commence a binding Open Season for its Mariner East 2 project. This Open Season is for a pipeline that will transport natural gas liquids from processing facilities built in the liquidrich Marcellus and Utica Shale areas in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Eastern Ohio to Sunoco Logistics’ Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on the Delaware River, approximately 300 to 400 miles from the production region. The Mariner East 2 pipeline is expected to be operational in early 2016. +Read More
10/11/13 Update – Sunoco Pipeline owns and operates two pipelines that traverse East Goshen Township. Both of these pipelines are located within the road right-of-ways for Boot Road and North Chester Road. We have been advised that Sunoco is investigating the possibility of installing an additional pipeline. Attached is a sample copy of the letter that will be sent to affected property owners. +Read More