Big win for Mariner East 2 foes in Chesco

There was a major development last night in the raging battle over Sunoco Logistics massive Mariner East 2 pipeline plans.

At a meeting with residents in West Whiteland Township, in Chester County, where several families' water wells have been affected by drilling, a company spokesman told residents they would halt drilling operations.

Jeff Shields, spokesperson for Sunoco Logistics, said the horizontal drilling that is believed to have disturbed the aquifer and wells well below the surface, will be halted until further notice.

Community opposition to the massive pipeline plan, which will traverse 23 miles in Chester County and another 11.4 miles in Delaware County as it carries natural gas liquids such as ethane, butane and propane to Marcus Hook, has been steadily growing in recent months.

Eventually, Sunoco Logistics wants to deliver 350,000 barrels of the natural gases a day across the 350-mile pipeline that will span nearly the entire width of Pennsylvania.

You can get all the details from last night's meeting here.