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Sunoco building 2 pipelines, not just 1 across Pa.

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 23, 2017 1:21 PM
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The Mariner East 2 pipeline has officially broken ground in the Delaware County town of Aston. The beginning stages of the pipeline includes clear cutting trees and preparing makeshift roads for the heavy machinery to traverse. (Emily Cohen/StateImpact Pennsylvania)

(New) -- Sunoco Logistics Partners says there's so much interest in its plans to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across southern Pennsylvania that they'll actually build two pipelines.

CEO Michael Hennigan broke the news to industry analysts during a conference call about the company's quarterly earnings on Wednesday.

Environmental advocacy groups had tried to halt construction of the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 project, claiming it would unleash massive and irreparable damage to the state's environment and residents.

The pipelines will connect Marcellus and Utica Shale wells in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to a Sunoco terminal in Marcus Hook, near Philadelphia.

A 16-inch pipeline will be built alongside the 20-inch pipeline already under construction.

The permitting process had always allowed a second pipeline, but Sunoco didn't formally commit to that until Wednesday.

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