Pipeline Information Center

Upcoming Events and Website Overview

Upcoming Events

Pipeline Safety Preparedness Meeting - On August 2, 2017, The Chester County Commissioners and County Director of Emergency Services are hosting a public meeting to present the County's comprehensive preparedness plans in the event of a pipeline-related emergency incident. This meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Lionville Middle School. To read the meeting announcement in its entirety, click here.

Beginning July 31, 2017 through September 1, 2017 there will be traffic restrictions on Boot Road and Ship Road. The work areas include Boot Road between US 202 and Ship Road in West Goshen Township and on Ship Road between Boot Road and Constitution Drive in West Whiteland Township. To read more about the closures, including days, time and length of the work, click here.

Sunoco Mariner East 2 Community Newsletter Available

On June 6, 2017, Sunoco released a community newsletter to help keep residents up to date on the status of the Mariner East 2 project. This newsletter gives updates, on a county level, as to the progress of the construction of the Mariner East 2 line. Chester and Delaware Counties are listed on page 8. Any questions regarding the Mariner East 2 project can be directed to the Sunoco Pipeline Community Affairs team at 855-430-4491. All calls are answered 24 hours a day and are logged for responses. Read the newsletter here.

Website Overview

Map ImageThere are nearly 600 linear miles of existing pipeline corridors that cross through the landscape of Chester County's 760 square miles. The goal of this Pipeline Information Center webpage (the PIC) is to provide information to residents, pipeline operators and other Chester County stakeholders, including farmers and non-profit land trusts and conservancies with large preserves, that are commonly crossed by pipelines. The structure of the PIC has been designed to address stakeholders' concerns.

Key stakeholder concerns include:

Pipeline operators are also key stakeholders and their input was essential for the successful design of the PIC. At a meeting held in summer 2013, operators noted the following:

Pipeline expansion projects and new lines have continued to be an issue to county residents. To date, no public or private entity has determined how many new miles of pipelines need to be constructed to transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation to markets for consumption. An additional issue is that it has been reported the Commonwealth's current pipeline infrastructure system is not fully equipped to carry the volume of gas produced at the pressure needed to transport it to the market. A report from the Pennsylvania chapter of the Nature Conservancy estimated that between 10,000 and 23,000 new miles of pipeline would be needed for this purpose.