The link between North Dakota and Delco

We used our editorial page today to draw a parallel between what is happening out in North Dakota and right here in Delaware County.

What is the connection?


In North Dakota, members of the Standing Rock Sioux are claiming victory in getting the Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction on the Dakota Access pipeline and indicate they would seek to re-route the project away from the tribe's sacred burial grounds and water source.

Here in Delco, a lot of people might be like-minded. They're not wild about the proposed path of Mariner East 2, a pipeline that would deliver hundreds of thousands of barrels of chemicals such as ethane, butane and propane from the state's Marcellus Shale regions to Marcus Hook.

The path of the pipeline would bring it within a few feet of a local elementary school in Middletown, just one of the reasons many residents are opposed to the project.

There is another common theme as well. Sunoco Logistics, the company behind Mariner East 2, also is deeply involved with Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access pipeline.

You can read the editorial here.