Thursday, February 2, 2017

The two sides of Mariner East 2

It remains very likely the single biggest economic story in the region.

And this week Sunoco Logistics put some numbers behind all that tallk of the economic bonanza many expect from their Mariner East 2 project.

It is breathing new life into the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex, home of the once-might Sunoco refinery.

The company is looking to fill 20 new positions, high-paying jobs that offer salaries in the $80,000 range. That would bring the total workforce at the site to more than 200. Then there are the more than 2,000 construction workers who are toiling to convert the refinery to a storage depot and final destination for all those hundreds of thousands of barrels of gases the company is expecting to arrive via the pipeline.

It's great economic news.

But it's not all good news.

Just ask any of the people in Middletown who remain concerned about the notion of having a new pipeline - one carrying immense amounts of volatile gases at high pressure - going right through their neighborhood.

That might be the biggest challenge facing Sunoco Logistics and county officials concerning this project. No one is doubting the economic benefits.

But residents' concerns have to be addressed.

It's on today's editorial page.

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