It is becoming clear that work on the Dragonpipe (Mariner East pipeline system) is being shut down in compliance with the order that Governor Wolf issued yesterday (March 19, 2020).
Today (March 20), Greg Kauffman, the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Environmental Protection, sent the following email to a long list of state senators and representatives from southeastern Pennsylvania today (March 20, 2020).
The subject heading was “Covid-19 and Pipeline Construction Activities”.
I apologize for the confusion and thank you for your patience in this process.
The Governor’s order applies to construction on Mariner East II and that construction work will cease. Existing constructed pipelines used for transmission of products including natural gas, natural gas liquids and petroleum products are permitted to continue under the order. Permittees are still required to comply with the terms and conditions of their environmental permits, including those applicable to cessation of operations. These measures exist to ensure the safety of the public and the environment.
Residents may see some continued activity as Sunoco and other permittees work to shutdown construction activities and stabilize these sites. This could include filling open trenches, securing drill sites, site stabilization to prevent soil erosion, and other activities to secure the sites. The Governor, DEP, and other appropriate agencies are working closely with Sunoco and other permittees to ensure that sites are being stabilized according to their permit requirements and with appropriate care and speed. Any ongoing activities should be done in accordance with social distancing measures to the extent possible.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
Gregory A. Kauffman | Director of Legislative Affairs
Department of Environmental Protection | Legislative Office
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17105
Phone: (717) 783-8303 | Fax: (717) 772-1765