An agreement with the New Jersey Attorney General’s office means PennEast won’t take the lands to build the pipeline, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it could use eminent domain to acquire the state land for the project.
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One environmental group has consistently advocated for stricter limits than what the agency is recommending.
The troubled and long-delayed project pumps natural gas liquids more than 300 miles across 17 southern Pennsylvania counties to a Delaware County terminal, where most of the fuel is exported for plastics manufacturing.
Delaware County’s district attorney said contamination could have been prevented if companies that made the chemicals “had been honest with consumers.”
A proposed state regulation is expected this year that would set health limits for some of the chemicals, which have been linked to serious illnesses.
The DEP says it is working on cleanup standards the developer would have to meet before it could build town homes on the 14-acre Bishop Tube site, which is polluted with a number of toxic chemicals.
Job growth in 22 counties with high gas production, including eight in Pennsylvania, averaged 1.7 percent over the period, compared with 10 percent nationwide. Three Pa. counties exceeded the statewide average for personal income growth per capita from 2016-18.
Horsham, Warrington and Warminster townships are among eight sites nationally where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will seek volunteers to have their blood drawn.