Fired DEP Sec. Quigley Blames Sunoco for Mariner East 2 Delays

John Quigley

John Quigley

Last week Sunoco Logistics Partners, builder of the Mariner pipelines, said that Mariner East 2–a $2.5 billion, 350-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline that will run from eastern Ohio through the state of Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook refinery near Philadelphia, carting ethane, butane and propane to the facility from both the Utica and Marcellus region–will be delayed nine months from the original plan due to permit delays (see Sunoco LP 3Q16: Mariner East 2 Delayed Due to Permits). Although officials didn’t go out of their way to blame the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the delays, the implication was there. And that got the former, fired Secretary of the DEP, John Quigley, all fired up. Quigley, talking through a Philly Inquirer stenographer, said (in so many words) it’s Sunoco’s own #$%@ fault. Quigley said Sunoco tried to get the project rubber stamped and did shoddy work in during the permit process–that they have no one to blame but themselves. Yeah, right…

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