Harrisburg, PA – After extensive review, the
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved
the permit applications from Sunoco Pipeline LP (Sunoco) for the PA
Pipeline Project/Mariner East 2 pipeline project. DEP considered 17 Chp.
105 (Water Obstruction and Encroachment) permits and 3 Chp. 102
(Erosion and Sediment Control) permits for the project. The pipeline
would transport natural gas liquids from southwest counties to Marcus
Hook, in southeast Pennsylvania.
“I am proud of the immense undertaking our staff took to hold this
project accountable within the confines of state law and DEP’s role in
this process over the last few years,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick
McDonnell. “This was a huge undertaking – holding five hearings during a
60-day comment period, reviewing permit applications and technical
deficiencies for more than 20,000 hours, responding to 29,000 comments,
and ensuring Sunoco addressed deficiencies identified in its initial
The project required a Chp. 105 permit for each of the 17 counties it
crosses, as well as one Chp. 102 permit for each DEP region the project
crosses (the Southwest region, the South Central region, and the
“The intensive review included input and feedback from scores of DEP
biologists, wetland ecologists, engineers, legal staff, and permit
reviewers. Further conditions were put on the operator as we move
forward to ensure accountability to state standards,” explained
Part of the review process included revisions to the original permit
applications submitted by Sunoco. These revisions were received in
December 2016, in response to technical deficiency letters sent by DEP
in September 2016. The final approvals include conditions in both the
Chp. 102 and Chp 105 permits to establish environmental protections
specific to this project.
DEP did not hold an additional public comment period or hold additional
hearings because the revisions Sunoco made to the applications did not
substantively change right-of-ways nor the corridor of the permits.
Previously submitted comments were still applicable.
DEP’s obligation is to ensure that installation of infrastructure like
pipelines is in accordance with the relevant regulations, and that
concerns raised by commentators were addressed within the scope of those
“This is not the end of the process, as DEP, working in conjunction with
the Public Utility Commission, will continue to hold the project
accountable to regulatory standards that protect the environment and
ensure the health, public safety, and welfare of local communities,”
More information on the Mariner East 2 pipeline project can be found here: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/ProgramIntegration/Pennsylvania-Pipeline-Portal/Pages/Mariner-East-II.aspx
MEDIA CONTACT: Neil Shader, 717-787-1323