Sunoco scouting for Mariner East gas pipeline project

Sunoco scouting for Mariner East gas pipeline project Sunoco Inc. is conducting site surveys in West Cocalico and Clay townships in Pennsylvania to look for a location where a pumping station could be built for a currently decommissioned underground gas pipeline.

The pipeline, named Mariner East 1, would travel about 300 miles from a Sunoco facility outside Houston, Pa., to a transportation hub in Marcus Hook, Pa., Lancaster online reported.

"Mariner East 1 is a project to transport natural gas liquids (NGLs), also called liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs) from the Marcellus and Utica shales in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on the Pennsylvania/Delaware border," Sunoco representative Jeff Shields said, according to Lancaster Online.

The pipeline was shut down about a year ago, according to PennLive. However, Sunoco expects the pipeline to once again be pumping the equivalent of 70,000 barrels per day of ethane and propane. The company sent property owners in Upper Allen Township notices that they would be surveying their area, possibly on their land, for the pipeline project, the source said. Along with Upper Allen, other communities the pipeline could cross include Lower Allen, Lower Swarta and Derry townships.

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