DEP Releases Details of Mariner East 2 Oversight Ongoing investigations into existin - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-21-2017, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
Administrator
 
casey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: milford pa-pike county
Posts: 13,494
Back To Top
DEP Releases Details of Mariner East 2 Oversight Ongoing investigations into existin

DEP Releases Details of Mariner East 2 Oversight
Ongoing investigations into existing and potential violations


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released details of oversight activities for the Sunoco Mariner East 2 Pipeline Project (ME2).
To date, DEP has issued 4 Notices of Violation to Sunoco for the project. Additionally, one Consent Order and Agreement has been executed, with a penalty of $87,600 for a violation that impacted a wetland area next to Interstate 81 in Cumberland County. A detailed list of incidents related to construction of the pipeline will be available early next week, and will be updated weekly on the DEP website Mariner East II.
-
“With so much concern about the Mariner East 2 pipeline the public needs to know that DEP is taking its oversight and regulatory enforcement role seriously,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This project has raised questions about public health and the health of the environment, and it is important to be transparent about the issues that have arisen over the course of the construction.”
-
Governor Wolf has also voiced his concerns for the project, saying “I have heard concerns directly from local legislators, including in-person meetings where they have shared concerns of their constituents, along with residents who have written and called my office. I have directed DEP to do what they are legally able and feel is appropriate to ensure the operator is held accountable to addressing these incidents and taking additional steps to prevent similar incidents from occurring.”
-
“In addition to these immediate steps and penalties, DEP has numerousinvestigations of incidents underway, and anticipates additional enforcement actions against Sunoco for these violations,” said McDonnell. “I want to be clear: this is not the end of the road, but the beginning, and I want the people of Pennsylvania to know and be confident that DEP is exercising the fullest extent of our regulatory authority for this project.”
-
Notices of Violation were issued to Sunoco in 2 of the 17 counties along the pipeline route for impacts to waters of the commonwealth from inadvertent returns associated with the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operations. Violations involving “inadvertent returns” refer to incidents in the course of HDD in which the drilling fluid, a mix of water and bentonite clay used to lubricate the drill bit. The drilling fluid is non-toxic and is not expected to have any lasting effects on impacted waters of the commonwealth. The permits DEP issued specifically limit the use of additives in drilling fluids to an approved list that complies with drinking water standards.
-
All reported inadvertent returns are inspected by DEP or county conservation districts. As part of the permitting process Sunoco was required and DEP approved a plan for responding to inadvertent returns.-Additionally, DEP included special conditions in the permits related to how Sunoco would address inadvertent returns.-The permit requires Sunoco to visually monitor the ground surface along the path of the HDD while drilling operations are occurring.-If an inadvertent return is discovered, then drilling shall immediately cease. DEP has no evidence at this time that Sunoco has not complied with this permit condition.-
-
Pennsylvania law does not regulate private drinking water well construction or require private well owners to register their wells. Therefore, there is no comprehensive or reliable database or resource related to the location or condition of private water wells for DEP to utilize to protect private water supplies during permitting.-Nonetheless, DEP evaluated potential impacts to private water supplies as part of normal permit application review process.-For the ME2 permits, DEP included special conditions related to private drinking water wells that go beyond existing state law requirements.-The permits are among the most stringent DEP has ever issued for this type of construction activity related to protection of private drinking water wells. - -
casey is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-25-2017, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
Administrator
 
casey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: milford pa-pike county
Posts: 13,494
Back To Top
DEP Announces Accountability Actions for Mariner East 2 Violations, Environmental Hearing Board Issues Temporary Partial Halt to Drilling
Consent Order and Agreement Orders Sunoco Pipeline L.P. to Take Corrective Actions in Chester County


Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it will enforce a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with Sunoco Pipeline L.P. (Sunoco) for violations associated with its Mariner East 2 project in West Whiteland and Uwchlan townships, Chester County.

In a related matter, the Environmental Hearing Board halted horizontal directional drilling (HDD) activities, effective immediately, until a supersedeas hearing, scheduled for August 7.

“The corrective actions outlined in the COA are steps DEP is taking to hold Sunoco accountable and protect local residents,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “DEP is conducting its own independent investigation of this pollution event and reserves the right to assess further enforcement, as appropriate.”

The COA also requires Sunoco to keep drilling activities on hold until DEP is confident Sunoco has met the requirements of the consent order in this area and requires they identify all homeowners with private water supplies within 150 feet of the impacted area and provide a list to DEP.

As a result of Sunoco’s HDD activities near Shoen Road in West Whiteland Township, 14 homeowners experienced adverse impacts to their private water supplies, which are drawn from groundwater.

Pennsylvania law does not regulate private drinking water wells or require private well owners to register their wells. The COA also provides for Sunoco’s response to any additional homeowners whose wells are adversely impacted by the Shoen Road Drill Area.

“DEP continues to be diligent in our oversight of this project,” said McDonnell. “To impact a person’s private drinking water is inexcusable, and we intend to hold this operator accountable to the fullest extent.”

In addition to the required identification of area wells, Sunoco must adhere to 7 other Corrective Actions as outlined in the COA, including:

•--- Must have written authorization to resume HDD in the impacted area from DEP, which will not be granted until the department is confident Sunoco is meeting the ordered corrective actions;
•--- Notification to the townships and private well owners within 150 feet of the drilling area at least 24 hours prior to resuming any HDD activities;
•--- Must submit a Water Supply Restoration Plan within 10 days that provides for an alternate source of potable water, which must be approved by DEP;
•--- Must conduct a hydrogeological investigation of the identified aquifer(s) to determine what caused the impacts to the private wells.

The permits associated with Mariner East 2 included special conditions related to private drinking water wells that go beyond existing state law requirements. The permits are among the most stringent DEP has ever issued for this type of construction activity related to protection of private drinking water wells.

A detailed list of incidents related to construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline is available on DEP’s website and will be updated weekly: Mariner East II.
casey is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome