Dozens of Brooke County community members came out to the Brooke Hills Country Club to find out what Sunoco Logistics’ plans were for the massive pipeline that could cut through their neighborhoods.
Sunoco Logistics says the Mariner East Pipeline is worth three billion dollars and right now the company is in the process of acquiring property for it.
The people who own that property currently and others in the community had the chance to meet face to face with Sunoco.
“We take the time to do these open houses, we invite landowners, local officials, emergency first responders so that they can have any questions that they may have on the project answered,” said Adam Pope, a spokesman for Sunoco.
Sunoco Logistics broke the open house into sections detailing the different stages of the project which was helpful to landowners.
“I was glad to hear that they were coming in cause there’s a lot of questions that we had, that we wanted to ask,” said Bill Henthorn, a Wellsburg resident. “They’ve worked with us on surveying the land and stuff like that.”
“If landowners had questions about right-of-way or right-of-way acquisition, they can go to that table and talk with the land agents and meet with them,” said Adam Pope. “If emergency first responders just want to talk about the safety and facilities and things like that then go right to those guys and have their questions answered.”
The focus on safety was reassuring to some residents who might have been worried about the pipeline.
“One of the things that I liked is that they’re going to have meetings with our fire departments and emergency crews around here and bring them up to speed on what’s going on, how to treat an accident or anything that’d happen,” said Henthorn.
County officials were glad that Sunoco Logistics and the Brooke County community were working together before moving forward.
“I think it’s wonderful that they’re reaching out to the people of Brooke County and hopefully we can have a great partnership into the future,” said Tim Ennis, a Brooke County Commissioner.
The potential pipeline is still in the very infant stages and still has a long way to go. Sunoco only officially announced the pipeline on November 6th.