MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania has fined Sunoco more than $12 million for all that’s gone wrong with the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. The project goes through Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Lancaster counties.
Derek Knisely recently moved to Upper Allen Township.
“I’m not a fan of pipelines in general,” Knisely said. “They tend to not seem very environmentally friendly.”
He’s not happy that Sunoco is resuming construction on the massive natural gas pipeline that runs yards away from his backyard.
“Having one that close to my house, I’m not really excited about that with the possibility of spillages,” he said.
The $2.5 billion project extends 350 miles across Pennsylvania.
The Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday that Sunoco will pay $12.6 million to end its suspension and get back to digging.
Work had been paused since January because of issues like leaks and spills.
“From what I’ve seen in the news, it doesn’t seem like after being fined, they get any better,” Knisely said. “It doesn’t give me any confidence.”
Multiple residents who live near the construction in Upper Allen Township told ABC27 they can do without the noise, bright lights, and dirt.
ABC27 reached out to Sunoco for an interview. The company sent us a statement saying, in part, “While we strongly disagree with their legal conclusions that our conduct was willful or egregious, we felt it was important to our unit holders and to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that we move forward rather than engage in continued litigation.”
Sunoco also says it is committed to following all permitting requirements and finishing the project in a safe and timely manner.