The company said the work in Delaware County is a preventative measure. An independent pipeline consultant said it’s ‘rare’ that a line is dug up and replaced like this.
Although the Trump administration has promised to prop up the nation’s ailing coal industry, it’s unclear how much impact the new rule will have on the economic forces the industry faces.
In late 2016, the EPA told Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection that its water program was so under-staffed and under-funded, it was failing to enforce federal standards.
If approved by the PUC, the permit modifications would end a construction hiatus in the township ordered first by a PUC administrative judge and then partially upheld by the full PUC in June.
The agency agreed to have Sunoco continue construction at eight of 12 locations, where a judge halted work due to public safety and environmental concerns.