Sunoco Logsitics CEO Says Legal Issues Won’t Delay Mainer East

Sunoco Logistics held an analyst call yesterday to discuss first quarter 2014 earnings and operations. On the call, Sunoco Logistics’ CEO Michael Hennigan had quite a bit to say about both the Mariner East 1 pipeline, due online starting later this year, and the proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline that would run along side Mariner East 1. MDN has been monitoring the latest legal situation with Mariner East and with Sunoco’s request to be made a public utility corporation (for the latest, see Sunoco Hires Big Gun Law Firms to Help Complete Ethane Pipeline).

MDN found Hennigan’s comments interesting. When asked by an analyst about the NIMBY pushback their getting in building the 50-mile pipeline in western PA, and the pushback on building new compressor stations in eastern PA and whether that would delay or cost the company more money–Hennigan said “no” and that Sunoco is “very confident that we can work through those issues.” Bluster? Brave face for investors? Calm assurance? Who knows. MDN has extracted all of the comments and Q&A’s from yesterday’s call that touch on either the Mariner East 1 or 2, or Mariner West pipeline. We’ve also embedded (below) a copy of the PowerPoint slides used during the call. Pay attention, in particular, to the slides on pages 9, 10 and 11…

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