The Mariner East 2 pipeline installation in the West Cornwall Township, Pennsylvania area seems to have unearthed toxic contaminants, according to test results.
Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline installation has been a controversial decision that many support and many oppose. A simple online search will yield news reports riddled with stories of problems associated with the construction, which began in the summer. Now, supervisors are getting involved due to the number of issues and concerns.
“We got involved because of our constituents concerns,” David Lloyd, township supervisor, told ABC27 News.
According to Lloyd, the issues began as early as Sept. 11 when debris damaged a home near the site when blasting was used to clear the pipeline route. The damaged home wasn’t the only problem that came out of the blasting, Lloyd says. Benzene was also unearthed in the process.
Further testing confirmed the presence of benzene in the soil, and found the chemical in a nearby private well, also. Supervisors said the source is likely an old petroleum storage facility.
“The blasting excavation stirred this groundwater up,” Lloyd said. “You could say that’s how we found it.”
The contamination was so severe, the state Department of Environmental Protection ordered an evacuation of the area.
Lloyd also disclosed information that the site of horizontal drilling near Snitz Creek has been victim to at least three fluid spills. Sunoco, Lloyd says, isn’t trying to downplay or hide information about the problems.
“We are satisfied with them,” he admitted. “They take some urging and we have to stay on top of it.”
For now, the pipeline installation has temporarily halted.
Benzene is a known carcinogen linked to life-threatening diseases such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), lymphomas and aplastic anemia. Many who are exposed to benzene are unaware of its dangers, and those who work in close proximity to the chemical are at particular risk of developing benzene-related illnesses.