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Landowners brace for eminent domain loss in PennEast pipeline cases

Albertine Anthony has been living in the same picturesque Carbon County farmhouse since she was born 93 years ago, and she’s not going anywhere even if PennEast builds a natural gas pipeline across her land. Anthony, a tiny figure with a slight stoop and a shock of white hair, was offered $37,000 by the company [...]

Chester County township adds to local challenges on Mariner East 2 siting

Chester County’s Uwchlan Township mounted the latest local challenge to Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline this week when its supervisors voted unanimously to enforce an ordinance that requires any hazardous liquids pipeline to be set back from buildings further than the distance currently under construction. The three-person board, elected last November on a platform of [...]

Sunoco can resume Mariner East 2 drilling at Chester County site, DEP says

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday that Sunoco can restart drilling for the Mariner East 2 pipeline at a Chester County site where some private well owners experienced cloudy water last summer. DEP issued a statement saying Sunoco had met requirements to resume horizontal directional drilling at the Shoen Road site, where officials halted [...]

What will Sunoco’s $12.6 million Mariner East 2 penalty be spent on?

The $12.6 million penalty being paid by Sunoco for multiple violations during construction of the Mariner East 2 pipelines will be used to improve water quality and the safety of dams across Pennsylvania, and will be in addition to the company’s work to correct environmental damage caused during the project, current and former state officials said. [...]

Pittsburgh suburbs decide as fracking comes near: Welcome it, or resist?

Michael Thomas didn’t think the Marcellus shale industry, with its multi-acre well pads and large drilling operations, would come to the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum. But then one day last summer, it did. “I was on vacation and I got an e-mail from a council member that said, ‘Are you going to the meeting tonight?’” [...]

Mariner East 2 critics don’t trust DEP, Sunoco agreement to improve company’s record

Pennsylvania’s decision on Thursday to allow Sunoco to resume construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline after a month-long shutdown failed to convince critics that the company will do so with any more respect for environmental regulations than they say it has had since starting the project a year ago. Despite the Department of Environmental [...]

Sunoco appeals DEP’s stop work order

Sunoco is appealing the Department of Environmental Protection’s January 3 order to halt construction on the Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline. Sunoco filed the appeal with the Environmental Hearing Board on February 2, calling the DEP’s order “arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, vague, an abuse of discretion, improper, not supported by substantial or accurate evidence, [...]

Landowners tear up PennEast leases as New Jersey shelves permit application

Landowners along the PennEast Pipeline route in Pennsylvania ceremonially ripped up leases on Friday, saying they will not agree to the company’s plans to build the pipeline on their land – at the price offered, or in some cases at any price. The event came the day after New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection wrote [...]

What Trump’s tariff on solar panels means for Pennsylvania

A solar panel that arrives in the United States from overseas now comes with a higher price tag. President Donald Trump last week imposed a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. The move comes at the request of U.S. solar manufacturers, who seek a level playing field amid competition from places like China, where [...]

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