The two words that hang over the pipeline issue

On our editorial page today, we talk about - what else - what is clearly the biggest economic story in the region.

And specifically the two words that seem to hang over this plan to push hundreds of thousands of barrels of natural gas byproducts such as ethane, butane and propane across the width of Pennsylvania - including some densely populated areas of Chester and Delaware counties.

The two words that simply won't go away are these:

What if?

There is no good answer to that question, and what happened during construction recently out in Chester County didn't help. Water wells of several residents in West Whiteland were disrupted by the digging that is a key part of the construction of the pipeline.

Sunoco Logistics is now moving to remedy the situation, saying the company will pick up the tab for hooking up those homes to public water systems. But it doesn't help bolster confidence, nor ease the worries of those who insist that putting the pipeline in such heavily populated areas - including near schools - is not a good idea. You can read our editorial here.