Harrisburg, PA -- Today, Sunoco confirmed that it has submitted waiver requests in order to continue construction on the company’s Mariner East 2 Pipeline, a notoriously unpopular project that has already plagued communities with sinkholes, spills, and water contamination.
In response, Food & Water Action Pennsylvania Organizing Manager Megan McDonough has issued the following statement:
“Construction on the Mariner East 2 Pipeline is in no way an essential activity, and Sunoco must send workers home with compensation in order to protect them and their families and halt the spread of Coronavirus. While Sunoco argues that suspension of construction increases ‘risks to safety and/or the environment,’ we know it’s the other way around: pipeline construction is simply too dangerous to allow during this period of heightened caution and uncertainty.
“Our already-stressed healthcare and emergency response preparedness systems would be further strained by the kind of disaster that could easily arise if construction continues. Sunoco/Energy Transfer has one of the highest rates of accidents of any pipeline company. It is reckless to leave communities exposed to this kind of danger, and reckless to waste our precious resources on the disasters that could arise from non-essential construction right now.
“Pennsylvania’s families are making great sacrifices to quell the spread of COVID-19 right now. The governor must honor these sacrifices by keeping construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline shut down.”