Sunoco Stops ME2 Drilling in Chester County Following Water Issue

The on-again, off-again, on-again construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline in Chester County, PA (near Philly)…is now off again. At least in West Whiteland Township. Sunoco Logistics Partners was using horizontal directional drilling (HDD) to install pipeline through an area where digging a trench would not work. The HDD work hit a water aquifer that feeds private water wells for homes in the area. Drilling mud used during the work leaked into the aquifer and resulted in cloudy water for some 15 households. MDN previously reported that Sunoco quickly addressed the issue and committed to paying for a municipal water line in the area (see Sunoco Extending Public Water to Homes Affected by ME2 Drilling). Last week Sunoco had resumed work in the area. But work is once again stopped, and will remain stopped “until further notice” according to local officials–until “the water situation is addressed.” We thought it had been addressed, but apparently not. Here’s the latest…

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