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PMA Praises DEP Approval of Mariner East 2 Project

February 14, 2017 Energy | Regulatory Reform

February 14, 2017 (Harrisburg, PA) The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA) welcomes the news that the Sunoco Logistics Mariner East 2 pipeline project has earned approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

“The Mariner East 2 pipeline will open and expand new markets and opportunities to manufacturers and industrial end users that rely on liquefied petroleum gases and natural gas liquids; the feed stock of all modern manufacturing,” said PMA President David N. Taylor. “New, modern energy infrastructure will lower transmission costs while providing a competitive edge for creating and keeping high-value manufacturing jobs. We congratulate the Sunoco Logistics team for this latest accomplishment and look forward to having this new energy asset delivering prosperity for customers very soon,” added Taylor.

Taylor said the DEP approval, based on over two-and-a-half years of hearings, permit certifications, and public vetting, shows that modern energy infrastructure meets or exceeds every standard for safety and environmental protection. Pipelines are the safest method for the delivery of our energy needs. “The decision by DEP to approve these recent pipeline projects shows just how out of touch the green extremists are on these issues.”

Sunoco Logistics can now begin construction of the American-made steel pipeline across Pennsylvania in accordance with the permits, with estimated completion in the third quarter of this year. Mariner East 2 will employ more than 8,000 construction workers to build the pipeline and related facilities.

“The bottom line is that this pipeline means jobs:  Jobs at the wellhead, jobs in the steel mills, jobs to install the pipeline, and jobs from the industrial end use. This is a major win for all of Pennsylvania,” said Taylor.

About PMA: Founded in 1909 by Bucks County industrial Joseph Grundy, PMA is the statewide non-profit trade organization representing the manufacturing sector in Harrisburg. Learn more at


Contact: David N. Taylor

Phone: (717) 232-0737