The builder of the Mariner East pipeline network today announced that it received additional waivers from the commonwealth to resume construction activities at additional locations across the state. The waivers recognize the critical nature of this work and acknowledge the ability of construction workers to safely social distance and follow recommended guidelines.
As with the previous waiver requests, which the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance documented HERE, the work relates to portions of the project where immediate cessation of work could lead to potential adverse impacts to public health or the environment.
The pipeline builder acknowledged that there are no more waiver requests. The deadline for submitting requests for waivers ended Friday, April 3.
If you are writing about the waivers, please attribute the following statement to Kurt Knaus, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance:
“The safety of every worker working on this project is paramount — whether it is during this pandemic or on any other ordinary day. Safety is inherent in the culture of skilled labor. So is the safety of the communities where these projects are being built and where our workers live. This is a legally permitted project with a right-of-way that has existed for decades. Every effort is being made to ensure this project is being developed safely and operated responsibly, and these waivers ensure that in critical spots, where work is essential, that work will be done in the most effective manner.“
For more than four years, the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance has advocated for the safe, responsible development of critical infrastructure. For more information:
— Kurt Knaus, Spokesman
Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance
PEIA is a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests statewide that support private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure developments.