Mariner East Developer Helps Take Trout to the Classroom

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Mariner East developer supports communities they work in with an $18,000 donation to the Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom program.

Energy Transfer’s Mariner East system of pipelines is designed to transport natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions to be processed and distributed. The Marcus Hook Industrial Complex will be supplied by the Mariner East and will process, store and distribute the NGLs to local, domestic and waterborne markets.

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Energy Transfer is committed to the giving back to the communities they operate in. This past week, Energy Transfer donated $18,000 to the Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom program.

Pennsylvania Trout In the Classroom is an interdisciplinary program in which students learn about coldwater conservation while raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings in a classroom aquarium. The kids learn environment and ecology, science, mathematics, social studies, language and fine arts, and physical education. The end of each year the students release their trout into a state-approved waterway.

Energy Transfer’s supervisor of pipeline operations Mark Martin spoke of their commitment of being a good neighbor.  “At Energy Transfer, we look for opportunities to invest in the communities we operate in because that’s what it means to be a part of a community. After-school programs like Trout in the Classroom expose students to new opportunities and teach them critical concepts like water and habitat conservation — something Energy Transfer takes seriously.”

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Ashley Wilmont, program director for Trout in the Classroom thanked the Mariner East developers, “Our grant program helps with big ticket items like filters and chillers to set up the tanks. Part of the grant funds that we received today from Energy Transfer will go directly towards that. In addition, part of this funding will go towards logistics for the Trout Release Day fieldtrip this spring during which students learn about the environmental aspects of the program out in the field. A big ticket donation like $18,000 is a huge benefit, it’ll impact a lot of students in a positive way throughout the state.”

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Energy Transfer Vice President of Environmental and Capital Projects, Larry Gremminger explained, “Energy Transfer supports a lot of ecological and biological programs nationwide and this is one that has a lot of value here in Pennsylvania because it exposes the kids in the classroom to a biological cycle that exists right in their own backyard.”

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The students in attendance also got a lesson in how pipelines are installed across waterways by Mark Martin. Martin also described how modern construction techniques are designed to protect waterbodies during pipeline construction.

Energy Transfer’s Mariner East 2 pipeline is in service and construction continues to complete the Mariner East 2X pipeline project throughout Pennsylvania.

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