Sunoco has purchased two Chester County homes on a street that has been plagued for more than a year by sinkholes and construction mishaps related to the the controversial Mariner East pipeline project.
The energy giant bought the houses this month for $400,000 each, property records show.
For more than a year, residents of the cul-de-sac have seen their backyards ripped up and sinkholes appear as Sunoco works on its $5.1 billion project. When it’s completed next year, three adjacent pipelines will transport up to 675,000 barrels a day of Marcellus Shale gas liquids across the state to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.
The 88-year-old pipeline, which used to funnel gasoline, was shut down again this winter after a 5-foot-wide, 10-foot-deep sinkhole emerged along Lisa Drive. It resumed service last week.
Chester County has also sued Sunoco and, along with Delaware County, intervened in an existing legal challenge brought by a group of suburban residents. Anti-pipeline activists say they worry about the environmental and safety risks that come with moving volatile liquids through densely populated suburbs full of schools, neighborhoods, and nursing homes.