A large crowd turned out at a public hearing Wednesday night at West Chester University to support and to oppose the contentious Mariner East 2 pipeline project, which Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. wants to build to transport liquid fuels like propane from the Marcellus Shale to a terminal in Marcus Hook.

More than 200 people attended a hearing at the Sykes Student Union organized by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. More than 40 people signed up to speak during the public comment section, with testimony evenly divided for and against the project.

DEP is holding five hearings in August to hear testimony on permits Sunoco Logistics needs to encroach on waterways. The 350-mile pipeline, which originates in eastern Ohio, crosses the entire length of Pennsylvania.

The $2.5 billion project is supported by labor unions and business advocates, but it has generated opposition from some adjacent landowners and from environmental activists, who say it would contribute to climate change by linking shale-gas producers to markets.

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