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Sunoco Logistics says permits clear way to build pipeline

on February 14, 2017 10:34 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — The company planning to build a 306-mile pipeline to move propane and other natural gas liquids across southern Pennsylvania, including part of Indiana County, says it can begin construction.

Sunoco Logistics received permit approvals for the Mariner East 2 pipeline from the Department of Environmental Protection on Monday.

Sunoco Logistics said it will use 75,000 tons of steel to build the 275,000 barrel-per-day pipeline from southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale natural gas fields to its Marcus Hook processing and distribution facility near Philadelphia.

In Indiana County, the pipeline will generally follow the Route 22 corridor through Burrell, West Wheatfield and East Wheatfield townships, but plans show it being diverted from the most congested section of Route 22 between the Blairsville area and Pennview Mountain.

The company said the pipeline will provide four times the capacity of its existing Mariner East 1 pipeline. Mariner East 2 will largely follow the same path.

A Sunoco spokesman said propane can be used for heating and as a petrochemical feedstock. It expects to supply local, regional and international markets.

 

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