Sinkholes Near Mariner East One Pipeline Forcing Families From Their Homes

Kim Glovas
April 03, 2018 - 4:23 pm
Mariner East Pipeline Sinkholes

Photo credit: Del Chesco United for Pipeline Safety

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Sinkholes in the area of the Mariner East One pipeline in Chester County have forced at least five families to relocate. The cost is being picked up by Sunoco and its parent company. 

The sinkholes developed over the last month in the neighborhood near ME1. State Senator Andy Dinniman, who represents the area, said Sunoco sent out letters last Friday to residents offering to relocate them so geotechnical studies could be conducted. The work started Monday. 

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"It's a sad day when people cannot live in their own houses. Where sinkholes are developed, where people lose water," Dinniman said. "And the only response we get from the state is to throw this football back and forth as to who should do a risk analysis."

Mariner East Pipeline Sinkholes
Photo credit: Del Chesco United for Pipeline Safety

The senator says Sunoco did not notify the federal or state emergency management agencies, or the PUC, before the letters were sent out. 

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Sunoco's parent firm, Energy TransferPartners, says the preliminary investigation indicates no impact to the subsurface of homes in the area.