"Mariner East 2 construction has resulted in dozens of spills, documents show
Construction of Sunoco Pipeline’s $3 billion 350-mile long Mariner East 2 pipeline resulted in at least 61 drilling mud spills from April 25 through June 17, 2017, according to newly released documents. The spills have occurred in ten of the 12 counties along the route and range from minor releases of five gallons to larger more serious releases of tens of thousands of gallons. The documents, pasted below, include reports of “inadvertent returns,” and were released by the Department of Environmental Protection as part of ongoing litigation by the Clean Air Council challenging the department’s issuing of water crossing permits for the project last February.
The Council wants the Environmental Hearing Board to suspend construction while its case is pending review, but has so far been unsuccessful.
The spills primarily contain bentonite, a muddy clay substance used as a lubricant in drilling beneath waterways during horizontal directional drilling. Bentonite is non-toxic but can do damage to drinking water wells by clogging up an aquifer. A recent incident in Chester County forced 15 families to switch to bottled water and the company has since agreed to pay to hook residents up to the public water supply after some resident’s water wells went dry, and others experienced cloudy water."
Judge halts Mariner East 2 pipeline drilling for two weeks
"A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday put an immediate, two-week hold on directional drilling for Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, affecting 55 locations where the underground boring activity is taking place across the state’s southern tier.
Environmental Hearing Board Judge Bernard Labuskes Jr. halted the construction activity until 9 a.m. Aug. 7, when he has scheduled a hearing on earthmoving and water-crossing permit challenges brought by environmental organizations.
Complaints about the controversial project have mounted in recent weeks after a drilling lubricant spill tainted 14 drinking water supplies in southeastern Pennsylvania."
BAN THE BIKE!!!
The damage caused by small spills of a relatively harmless substance like bentonite pales in comparison to the $28 billion in damages every single year due to cycling accidents. So many deaths are caused that cycling on roads should be banned. Why should society subsidize cycling by paying these enormous costs both financially and in valuable lives?