Accident Kills Construction Worker at Marcus Hook Complex on Delaware River

by Duane Nichols on April 3, 2015

NGL Pipelines from OH, WV & SW-PA to East

Construction Worker Killed for New Natural Gas Processing Facility at Marcus Hook, PA

From an Article by Jamison Cocklin, Natural Gas Intelligence, April 1, 2015

Sunoco Logistics Partners LP confirmed that a contract employee was killed on Monday during work to convert the Marcus Hook industrial complex near Philadelphia into a natural gas liquids (NGL) terminal.

Spokesman Joe McGinn said the contractor, whose name was not released, died in an incident at about 2:30 p.m. EST Monday. The worker reportedly died of blunt force trauma after a large pylon fell. No other injuries were reported.

A U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) representative said federal officials are investigating. OSHA said the contractor worked for Los Angeles-based engineering and construction services firm AECOM, which has been cited for several OSHA violations in the past, according to agency records.

“The worker was struck by a steel pile during pile-driving operations,” said OSHA spokeswoman Joanna Hawkins. She added that the federal investigation could take up to six months to complete.

“No words can express the sorrow and pain that come when such a tragic event happens,” Sunoco stated. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the individual who died. They have suffered a devastating loss.”

Sunoco is converting the former oil refinery on the Delaware River into a terminal to store, export, process and distribute NGLs. (The Sunoco Mariner pipeline system which crosses southern Pennsylvania is being upgraded and repurposed to transport NGLs from southwestern PA, northern WV and eastern OH to the Marcus Hook facility.)


No injuries in tank fire at well pad in Marshall County

From WTRF News 7, Wheeling, WV April 1, 2015

Moundsville, WV (AP) – An emergency official says no one was injured when a storage tank fire broke out at a drilling well pad in Marshall County.

Marshall County Emergency Management director Tom Hart says the fire was reported around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday at Gastar Exploration’s Armstrong pad near the Wetzel County line. (This is the Mason-Dixon Line, as extended to the Ohio River.)

Hart says four to five tanks were burning when firefighters arrived. The fire was extinguished in about an hour and the well pad wasn’t damaged.

Hart didn’t know what the tanks contained.

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Penna. Observer (4/20/15) April 21, 2015 at 7:59 am

PA-DEP to issue significant fine against Sunoco over Mariner East spills — Release of nontoxic drilling mud reached Mingo Creek in SW Penna.

By Scott Beveridge, Observer-Reporter, Washington, PA, April 20, 2015

The state Department of Environmental Protection is preparing to impose a large fine against Sunoco Pipeline over releases of a nontoxic drilling mud at its Mariner East project, including two that reached Mingo Creek in Washington County in September.

The fine will involve citations against the company for failure to control erosion and take precautionary measures to prevent the discharges and spilling of industrial waste and pollution onto roads and into waterways and wetlands in Washington, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, said John Poister, the DEP’s spokesman in Pittsburgh.

“It’s going to be a significant fine,” Poister said Monday. He said the penalty against Sunoco also will include money to recover the cost of inspecting the spills that fell onto local conservation districts.

Sunoco was building a 53-mile pipeline from Houston to Delmont, using Precision Pipeline LLC as a subcontractor, when nearly 5,300 gallons of bentonite surfaced into Froman Run near Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church along Route 88 in Union Township. That spill reached a nearby unnamed creek that also is a tributary to Mingo Creek, and preceded yet another spill involving the project into Gillespie Run in Forward Township in Allegheny County.

In all, there were six inadvertent spills of bentonite from the drilling project, which is designed to ship Marcellus Shale natural gas by-products across Pennsylvania to Delaware.

“These were obvious clean stream violations,” Poister said. He said the DEP was working with Philadelphia-based Sunoco on reaching a consent agreement on the civil penalty.


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