Sunoco LP Takes a Bow for Mariner East 1, Looks Ahead to ME2

Sunoco Logistics Partners issued an update yesterday to discuss the success they’re having with the Mariner East 1 pipeline–and to talk about what’s coming for the Mariner East 2 pipeline. Mariner East 1 began carrying propane in December 2014. Ethane shipments went online just last month, and the very first shipload of exported ethane left port two days ago (see Bon Voyage! First Ethane Export Ship Leaves Marcus Hook in Philly). The Mariner East 2 pipeline is on track to be completed by mid-2017, which will bring online another 275,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids shipping capacity from western PA and eastern OH. What’s funny is that Sunoco got a bunch of politicians to say nice things about the Mariner East project. Why is that funny? Because two of them–PA Gov. Tom Wolf and US Senator Robert Casey (both Democrats)–hate pipelines and hate fossil fuels! But they said nice things about Sunoco and Mariner East likely as a future chit to raise money from Sunoco for their campaigns. Hypocrites…

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