Statement: Report Endorses Safety of Mariner East 2

An independent analysis compiled for West Goshen Township in Chester County on the use of a 12-inch pipeline on Mariner East 2 concludes that the pipeline builder meets and exceeds a number of requirements of the federal pipeline safety regulations, and that the project meets or exceeds the prudent technical approaches commensurate with the safe transportation of natural gas liquids. West Goshen released the report at a meeting last night.

The report was compiled by Accufacts Inc., which has more than 40 years of experience in the energy industry and is run by a certified safety management engineer with a special focus on proper design and operation in areas of unique population density or of an environmentally sensitive nature. The full report is available on West Goshen’s website.

This is not the first report the township has commissioned to determine the safety of the pipeline. In a January 2017 report for West Goshen Township, Accufacts endorsed the Mariner East 2 section of line in Chester County. Accufacts President Richard Kuprewicz reached similar conclusions in an earlier report about the existing Mariner East 1 line.

All of these findings mirror the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s determination that identifies pipelines as the safest mode of energy transportation.

If you are covering this report, please find copied below a statement from the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance (PEIA). Feel free to quote me, Kurt Knaus, as PEIA spokesman:

“For more than a century, pipeline systems have safely and reliably delivered energy resources to every corner of Pennsylvania and our country. The Mariner East network is no different. Study after study confirms that this is one of the safest, most advanced systems for natural gas liquids transport, and that state-of-the-art technology and other innovations ensure this project meets and exceeds strict regulatory oversight.”

For more than three years, the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance has advocated for the safe, responsible development of critical infrastructure and boosts in economic activity. For more information:


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