Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A day to hail the upside of Mariner East 2

Residents have not exactly been shy about their opposition to Sunoco Logistics' plans to build a massive new pipeline through their neighborhood. Last week they were successful in getting Middletown Council to spent $45,000 on an outside study to gauge any risks associated with the Mariner East 2 project.

Today we'll hear about the other side.

Jobs.

Lots of good-paying jobs.

Sunoco Logistics and county officials will gather on the Marcus Hook waterfront to tout what they are calling a $16 million economic blockbuster, with the promise of more to come.

At an afternoon press conference, officials will update the push for job creation along the Delaware River waterfront, totaling over $16 million as well as the continued growth and rebirth of the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex and its impact on the county’s economic growth. Sunoco officials indicate they will soon be adding 20 new jobs to their operations at the former iconic Marcus Hook refinery. That will bring total workforce at the site to about 200 permanent jobs. And that does not count the more than 2,000 construction workers involved in various parts of the process.

Mariner East 2 will traverse the state, bringing hundreds of thousands of barrels of Marcellus Shale byproducts such as butane, ethane and propane to the Marcus Hook waterfront, where it will be shipped to both domestic and international destinations. It holds the potential of converting Marcus Hook - hard hit when Sunoco decided to get out of the refinery business and shutter their refinery, into an energy hub for the entire Northeast.

But it is not without concerns, as those opposing the project are all too willing to point out.

Today will be a day to look at the flip side, and the obvious economic possibilities.

We'll be there to bring you all the details of what could be the most important economic story in the county and region.

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