3 superintendents want safety assessment on 80-year-old pipe used on ME2 pipeline

Construction on the project has been halted while Sunoco deals with regulatory issues.

Kim Glovas
October 29, 2018 - 8:59 pm
Jul 5, 2017; South Lebanon Township, PA, USA; Construction for the Sunoco Mariner East pipeline continues in South Lebanon Township.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Three school superintendents are asking the Public Utility Commission for a safety assessment on part of the troubled Mariner East pipeline. Construction on the project has been halted while Sunoco deals with regulatory issues. 

Superintendents from the Downingtown Area, Rose Tree Media and West Chester Area School Districts have sent a letter to the PUC, questioning whether it's safe for Sunoco to use an older pipe to complete the ME2 project. 

State Senator Andy Dinniman explains their concerns, saying that "Sunoco is trying to reservice a 12-inch pipeline that goes back to 1937." 

RELATED: Independent risk assessment of Mariner East pipeline made public Friday​

The superintendents have sent letters to the PUC in the past asking for safety guidance in case of a breach, because the line will carry highly flammable liquids near schools. 

However, they've received no response. 

The latest letter, dated Oct. 23, asks if the small pipe contains shut off valves in case of a leak.

Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco's parent company, said in an email that integrity testing has been done on the line and it is safe.