The NIMBY factor, the protests of one group — often influential and/or privileged — pushes for the removal or cancellation of something that could otherwise benefit an entire community. Protests may be based on seemingly legitimate concerns or on inaccurate perceptions and lack of consideration of the good a project would do for others.

The “Not In My Back Yard” syndrome has long been at play in neighborhood issues across the country. It results in divided communities and often leads to the loss of millions — often billions — of dollars in growth and development because of misperceptions, misinformation or a sense of entitlement.

It is this kind of controversy now raging in Southeast Pennsylvania where a group of NIMBY suburbanites is opposing the building of a pipeline — not only near their neighborhood, but anywhere in Pennsylvania.

The backstory is that Pennsylvania’s investment in natural gas resources and the necessary energy infrastructure components — namely pipelines — has enabled the state to blossom into the second total energy producer in the United States. The primary benefit of the current project — known as Mariner East 2 — aside from the safe delivery of natural gas — is the creation of well-paying and sustainable jobs and an astronomical economic impact, resulting in a better quality of life for thousands of people, including those in poorer communities.

Studies, including one by the Fraser Institute “using data from government sources,” have concluded that “pipelines are without a doubt the safest way to transport oil and gas.” These studies are based on the examination of the “number of occurrences or accidents per million barrels of oil and gas transported.”

Yet suburban communities in Southeast Pennsylvania have howled in protest despite enjoying the many modern conveniences and low energy costs afforded by the state’s resources and the infrastructure needed to bring the product to market. Communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester and Delaware counties have called for the halt of such projects as Mariner East 2 or even a complete moratorium on pipelines in the state.

If successful, the consequence could be the potential loss of economic benefit for the entire commonwealth. Stopping the pipeline project would lead to the loss of thousands of prospective jobs and lucrative incomes and an economic impact that would be felt for years — especially by the poor.

— (TriceEdneyWire.com)

Khalil Abdullah, a Washington, D.C.-area writer and editor, was executive director of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

(1) comment

galex

Your article says: “The primary benefit of the current project — known as Mariner East 2 — aside from the safe delivery of natural gas — is the creation of well-paying and sustainable jobs and an astronomical economic impact, resulting in a better quality of life for thousands of people, including those in poorer communities.”







This is Sunoco’s claim, but it is completely false. The Mariner East 2 does not and will not carry natural gas. The primary product it will carry is ethane, and that ethane will all be exported from Marcus Hook to European refineries, where it will be used to produce plastic. The only market for ethane is the production of plastic. Ethane (as well as propane and butane, the other two highly-compressed materials to be carried by Mariner East 2) are highly explosive—vastly more so than natural gas, making this Pennsylvania's most dangerous pipeline.







And as for the impact on quality of life in lower-income areas: Sunoco is being sued for the air pollution caused by its projects at Marcus Hook. That is making the air quality in the vicinity of Chester worse than it already was (and it was among the worst in the state). And Sunoco’s plans for plant expansion in Marcus Hook, once the Mariner system is completed, will make the air quality worse yet. There will be a few dozen “sustainable” jobs (at most) and they will require engineering degrees.







Someone from Sunoco is feeding you misleading material. Please investigate before you take it as fact.


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