Rafferty Praises DEP Decision to Temporarily Suspend Mariner East 2 Construction Permits


State Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-44) said the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s decision today to temporarily suspend construction permits associated with the Mariner East 2 pipeline is a victory for public safety and environmental protection.

“The safety and well-being of our citizens should always be our top priority and I commend the Governor for his action today,” Rafferty said.  “I and my colleagues, Senator Andy Dinniman and Representative Becky Corbin, along with our engaged citizen pipeline safety coalitions, have specifically requested that the Governor take the necessary step that he took today. Now before moving forward, we must make certain that Sunoco complies with our laws and regulations and respects the health and welfare of all of our citizens.”

Last month, Rafferty called on Governor Wolf to determine if Sunoco was in compliance with regulations regarding emergency response and safety requirements regarding the pipeline.  In this letter to the Governor, Rafferty raised concerns about the pipeline construction project particularly in Chester County, noting that it passes closely to schools, businesses and community centers where residents could be impacted by potential accidents.

“I am pleased that my concerns and those of my many constituents have been heard and heeded,” Rafferty noted.  “Strong protections are vital in a project of this magnitude, and this is a step forward knowing that Sunoco will be held to the highest standards by this Commonwealth.”


Sean Moll – Senator Rafferty’s office (717) 787-1398
Carol Milligan – Senate Republican Communications (717) 787-6725