Community Meeting on Sunoco Marcus Hook Proposal in Claymont, April 28th at 7pm
PUBLIC MEETINGCLAYMONT FIRE HALL, 3223 Philadelphia Pike
Please mark your calendars for this informational meeting about the proposed plant at the former Sunoco Refinery in Marcus Hook on the Pennsylvania-Delaware state line! Please also forward to your email lists, call & tell your neighbors about this informational meeting regarding Sunoco plans & issues.Community members involved with the Claymont Dust Study and others feel we have a 'Need to Know'. These concerned residents are looking to continue/maintain the relationships/contacts we have formed with local industries and further develop positive relationships with our Elected Officials and Appointed Officials. Come out and meet them, voice your concerns.Hope to see you all on . at
Residents to be briefed on Marcus Hook plan
State and Sunoco Logistics officials are slated to brief Claymont area residents
Some of the shipping activities could straddle the Pennsylvania-Delaware line along the river, at the point where the entire riverbed becomes part of Delaware.
The project, in the works for four years, has left some residents wary of risks that have yet to be clearly explained to the community, which has long stood at the edge of heavy, and sometimes troubled, industries.
Officials involved with the project say they hope to produce as much as 70,000 barrels a day of propane and ethane by mid-2015 from liquids piped across Pennsylvania and into the plant from natural gas fields as many as 300 miles away. Debate over pipeline construction and eminent domain powers needed for the pipelines has heated up and headed into courtrooms recently, however.
“We want information. We don’t have any shelters up here,” said longtime Delores K. “Dee” Whildin. “We’d want 24/7 monitoring.”
The meeting is scheduled for at the Claymont Fire Company, 3223 Philadelphia Pike.
Sunoco Logistics acquired the site for $60 million, and has reported that it will become an anchor for the Mariner East pipeline network and a major departure hub for natural gas liquids. A company presentation now making the rounds ofcommunity groups notes that the site has five underground caverns for storing fuel-rich liquids from gas fields, “deep water berths, rail access, truck capability and advantageous pipeline infrastructure.
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin P. O’Mara said that his agency has received “some question about the footprint” of the plant.
He said of the proposed changes are in Pennsylvania. “There are some upgrades, some instrumentation, on the Delaware side, but no significant infrastructure change.” “It doesn’t appear that it triggers the Coastal Zone Act, because the work is going to occur in Pennsylvania,” O’Mara said. “We’ll coordinate on emergency response plans, and coordinate closely with the local fire companies, but because the activity is in Pennsylvania, they’ll have primary jurisdiction.”
Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act prohibits any new heavy industry or bulk transport facilities in the state’s part of the Delaware River or in a 275,000 acre buffer along the river, Delaware Bay and Atlantic coast. A portion of Sunoco’s earlier refinery, dedicated to ethylene production, once operated in Delaware.
Sunoco for decades operated an open air incinerator, or flare tower, on Delaware’s side of the state boundary to dispose of hydrocarbons and acid gas from the Pennsylvania side, a choice that fueled controversy in the Claymont area and Delaware demands for changes. The company eventually curtailed the flare’s use, then shut it down.
Contact Jeff Montgomery at (302) 463-3344 firstname.lastname@example.org
. on a long-unfolding plan to redevelop Sunoco’s former Marcus Hook Refinery into a Delaware River export site for propane and other fuels extracted from natural gas liquids.