The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has satisfied requirements under the July 24, 2017 Consent Order and Agreement (COA), which suspended horizontal direction drilling at Shoen Road Drill 360 (Shoen Road drill) as part of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline Project.
DEP and ETP entered into the COA after work at the Shoen Road drill impacted water supplies at locations in West Whiteland and Uwchlan Townships, Chester County. DEP has since reviewed the company’s request to restart this drill, including information submitted in support of the request and actions taken in response to the COA. DEP has approved the Water Supply Restoration Plan required under the agreement and finds that ETP has satisfied the terms of the COA. Therefore, drilling can begin once required notices are provided to DEP, the Townships, and landowners with water supplies within 450 feet of the drill site, and written authorization is received from DEP.
ETP is still subject to other enforcement actions and requirements separate from this COA, and must show that it has provided landowners along the pipeline corridor advance notice in accordance with the requirements of the Aug. 9, 2017 Stipulated Order prior to restarting.