Sunoco Logistics is getting ready to start cutting down trees for it’s Mariner Pipeline project.
It will stretch from the Ohio border to Philadelphia and will transport methane, propane, ethane and butane gases. This pipeline is expected to go through Cambria, Blair and Huntingdon Counties. Sunoco Logistics is still working on getting the necessary permits and land easements.
Noise, safety, the environment, eyesore, and loss of property — all concerns people have about the Mariner Pipeline project.
For one local family, they’re not only worried about how this pipeline project could impact the environment, they’re also concerned about how it’s going to affect their business.
The Baronner’s Farm Market has been in Hollidaysburg for 66 years. The family farms their crops — mainly vegetables — in their backyard. And with the pipeline project cutting through their property, they say their livelihood will be destroyed because their soil will be damaged by the heavy drilling equipment.
Kelly Baronner said, “We may be able to grow some field corn but we can’t support ourselves and support a workforce on growing four acres of field corn.”
Baronner says Sunoco Logistics is trying to get eminent domain over their property. She says they want to build a block valve station and a staging area — right where they plant crops. Sunoco Logistics is offering her family money, but she say that’s not what she’s fighting for.
She said, “When your whole livelihood is going to be destroyed for the price of a good used car, don’t you think you should fight for that?”
As part of their safety measures, Sunoco Logistics puts these valves every eight miles along the pipeline. Jeff Shields, Sunoco Logistics Communications Manager, said, “The main thing that it does is it segments off a line so you can shut it down incase of an emergency so we place them periodically, so that’s the main priority but we also use the valves to check periodically along the line.”
Baronner says she has suggested alternate routes and locations for the pipeline and valve station, but Sunoco Logistics doesn’t seem willing to listen. “I know we’re little, but we’ve been here a long time and we’ve employed a lot of people. We want to stay here and we want to remain viable and we’re fighting for our livelihood,” said Baronner.
She’s just asking to have an open conversation so both sides can find a solution that works. Baronner and other residents are gathering at the Allegheny Street Coffee Company on Friday at 7 p.m. to discuss their plans.