Concerns over pipeline near Raystown Lake

Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pa. - Nearly 100 people came to the Huntingdon Borough Council meeting Tuesday to express their concerns over the Mariner East II Pipeline. 

Sunoco Logistics reached out to the borough in hopes it would provide more than 200,000 gallons of water a day to drill beneath Raystown Lake. 

Some residents are against that option. 

"These big pipelines come through small areas like ours and basically take people's land," Nicholas Miller, a Huntingdon resident said. 

Residents attending the meeting shared concerns about water quality changing and the area near the tourist destination being ruined. 

Selling water to Sunoco would mean a significant amount of revenue for the borough. 

Council vice-president Jim Bair said the area could make a windfall of half a million dollars. 

Residents attending the meeting want the borough to consider doing business with Sunoco. 

Borough Manager William Wheeler cleared up discrepancies regarding a special meeting held April 6 where the matter came up. 

"There has been nothing signed by the borough to indicate that we're going to sell water to Sunoco," he said. "All we've done is say that yes, our plant has the capacity." 

Construction of the pipeline at Raystown Lake is expected to last until May 2017.

 


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