With many miles of new pipelines expected to develop in Pennsylvania over the next ten years, the Mariner East 2 pipeline harbors significant opportunities for Pennsylvania’s communities. These opportunities come in line with extensive regulations around construction and testing, and are built with multiple layers of safety features that collectively protect the people, property and environment around the infrastructure.
Economist Kevin Gillen explains that, “in every way, shape, and form, transportation of natural gas by pipeline is more cost-effective, supports more jobs, is more environmentally sustainable than any other mode of transportation.” He details that this is not a matter up for substantive debate, given the many positive benefits on safety and efficiency that come with pipeline energy transfer.
Natural gas pipelines and linked utilities are designed to ensure system integrity, and to adhere to extensive state and federal regulations over the construction of pipelines, as with the testing and replacing of the infrastructure. The Mariner East projects utilize the most advanced methods of safety technology and monitoring systems, while working with all the relevant regulatory agencies to fully comply with laws and regulations. In addition, an ongoing Integrity Management Program (IMP) that uses smart inspection technology and onsite inspections is utilized to inspect every inch of the pipeline infrastructure to ensure safe and efficient operation.
The potential benefits harbored by the Mariner East projects for Pennsylvania are underscored by their fundamental focus on safety and emergency preparedness. These projects support the growth of communities and energy connectivity in Pennsylvania and across the country – and do so with the utmost efficiency and safety possible.