The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is watching the Sunoco Mariner Pipeline 2 project for more unauthorized drilling. After the DEP discovered that the company was allegedly engaging in unauthorized drilling in a residential area of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which contaminated the water supplies of two homes, they’ve sharpened their sights on the project. In Silver Spring Township, Pennsylvania, the Cumberland County Conservation District inspectors found on December 22 that Sunoco workers dismissed the established agreement to use an open cut for drilling, and used a horizontal direction drill instead, which violates the agreement, and apparently exposes the area to environmental dangers.
According to the DEP, this is the second time Sunoco has drilled in an undesignated area, and they threatened that they will stop the project if violations like this continue. Sunoco claims that they are being transparent in their operation, and using the least hazardous methods for drilling. Despite these assurances, the DEP demanded that Sunoco give them plans, receipts, and construction logs from the project. Since the beginning of the pipeline project, which runs through Pennsylvania, it has been riddled with problems, including nearly 100 leaks.