West Whiteland Township, Pa., 30 miles outside of Philadelphia in Chester County, was founded in 1765, is home to about 18,000 residents and offers, for those who register in advance, a series of three classes in March at the Exton Library that will qualify attendees to be certified master composters (assuming attendees complete the required six hours of volunteer composting).

It is also home to, well, a home in which a sinkhole developed in its backyard in January. The sinkhole exposed an eight-inch portion of Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Mariner East 1 pipeline that transports NGL from the Marcellus Shale to the company’s Marcus Hook, Pa., Industrial Complex export terminal. Except it can’t because it was shut down due to the aforementioned sinkhole, which measures five feet wide and 10 feet deep.

And that is why ethane prices have jumped 17.4% in the last three weeks. Ethane intended for export out of Marcus Hook has been redirected to the Morgan’s Point terminal on the Houston Ship Channel, which is operated by Enterprise Products Partners LP. 

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