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Sunoco Logistics to contribute $4.2 billion from Mariner East pipeline

Staff writer ▼ | February 6, 2015
Sunoco Logistics' expansion of its pipeline system moving propane, butane and other liquids from shale wells to the East Coast will pump $4.2 billion into the state's economy and support 30,000 jobs during construction, a company-commissioned study found.
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About half those jobs are linked directly to construction of the 350-mile Mariner East 2, a 16-inch pipeline Sunoco Logistics plans to build nearly paralleling its existing 8-inch Mariner East 1, according to the impact study released Thursday by Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions.

The pipeline and converted refinery at Sunoco Logistics'Marcus Hook terminal outside Philadelphia will employ 300 to 400 workers on a more permanent basis once construction wraps up in 2017, the report said.

Most of the economic impacts will be felt in the Philadelphia region, though Marcellus and Utica shale gas producers clustered in Western Pennsylvania are looking forward to moving more lucrative liquids from their wells to the terminal. Construction of the $3 billion pipeline includes lines linking Ohio, West Virginia and Washington County facilities to the mainline in Delmont.

"You just don't see companies investing $3 billion on capital projects in Pennsylvania every day," said Stephen P. Mullin, president and principal at Econsult.

Sunoco Logistics is seeking state and federal permits for the pipeline and holding community meetings along the route, where some groups have started raising opposition. The state Public Utility Commission ruled the company and pipeline qualify as a public utility with eminent domain power.