Crews Investigate Possible Leak In Pipeline That Feeds PA’s Northern Tier, New York State

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STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission said people reported a “strong gasoline odor” on Sunday near a home on Mountain Home Road in South Heidelberg Township, near Reading.

FILE PHOTO: The Andover estate in Thornbury Township, Delaware County, along the route of the Mariner East 2 pipeline which began operating on Dec. 29. A valve site for the pipeline is in the center of the picture. (Eric Friedman/Submitted)

The Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement’s Pipeline Safety Division, PUC’s independent investigation and enforcement bureau, as well as crews from Sunoco are trying to figure out whether a leak occurred.

The pipeline is a 14-inch steel line that was moving gasoline on Sunday, the PUC said. The line transports petroleum products from Sunoco’s Montello terminal near Reading to north-central Pennsylvania and New York state.

Sunoco workers dug test holes and a trench to try to find the source of the odor. “Testing of the monitoring wells and soil around the site is ongoing,” PUC spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen said.

A spokesperson for Energy Transfer, Sunoco’s parent company, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The 14-inch line is not part of Sunoco’s Mariner East pipeline project. Those lines carry, or will carry, natural gas liquids.