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Denise McCarthy told a Department of Environmental Protection hearing that the Mariner East pipelines would endanger her grand nephew, Jack, whose picture she held up as she spoke. DEP held the public meeting in May to hear comment on Sunoco's proposed permit modifications in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.

Full Mariner East pipeline risk assessment report released

Quest Consultants studied 'hundreds of unique potential hazardous material release scenarios'
By Scott Blanchard

Mariner East 2 pipeline construction crews work in the backyards of homes on Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, Chester County, on May 2. Sinkholes that opened in the area prompted the state's Public Utility Commission to order that an existing pipeline nearby, the Mariner East 1, be shut down until it could be determined that the sinkholes didn't threaten its safety. PUC on May 3 approved a re-start of Mariner East 1.
Updated: October 18, 2018 | 4:53 pm

Sunoco: Mariner East 2 delayed to 2020, so company will join three pipes as substitute

The cross-state natural gas liquids pipeline Mariner East 2 was supposed to begin operation by the end of September. Now, the company has come up with a workaround after acknowledging another lengthy delay in its pipeline project.

By Jon Hurdle

Construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline has faced myriad problems, including damaged water supplies and sinkholes in a residential neighborhood in Chester County.
Updated: October 16, 2018 | 12:56 pm

DEP awards water quality-related grants funded by $12.6M penalty against Sunoco

Money will go to efforts in 14 Pa. counties
By Scott Blanchard

Trees cut on a Susquehanna County property in March 2016 to make way for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. The company has said it will fight a FERC order upholding New York State's denial of a permit for the project.

‘energy, explained’ podcast: How one family lost the farm to a failed pipeline project

In the latest episode of “energy, explained,” the new podcast from StateImpact Pennsylvania, Megan Holleran tells her family’s story — complete with an unexpected twist — to StateImpact’s Susan Phillips.

By Susan Phillips and Scott Blanchard

The Tunkhannock Creek crosses Pocono Raceway property in Long Pond, Pa. It feeds into the Delaware River. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Environmentalists win battle to protect ‘exceptional’ streams in the Poconos

A group of resort owners had challenged DEP's new classification of headwater streams in Monroe County
By Catalina Jaramillo

Workers installing the Mariner East 2 pipeline August 22, 2018 in Lebanon County. Energy Transfer Partners, parent company of Sunoco Logistics, had told investors that the line would be operational by the end of September. But regulatory issues have held it up.

‘Regulatory issues’ delay opening of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline

The company missed its deadline of opening the line by the end of September. The Public Utility Commission said there are several issues with the project that still need to be resolved.

By Jon Hurdle

Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Mariner East 2 pipeline builder, Sunoco, works at Snitz Creek in West Cornwall Township, Lebanon County after a drilling mud spill during the summer.

Mariner East 2: Sunoco’s incidents, fines and shutdowns fuel residents’ safety concerns

As part of the “Mariner East 2: At what risk?” series, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports how pipeline opponents say Sunoco’s construction makes them worried about the volatile liquids flowing through the line. The data can be useful, but there may be more to the story, two experts said.

By Jon Hurdle

Tank Creek was classified as an exceptional value stream by DEP in October 2017. It feeds into the Delaware River.

In the Poconos, a fight simmers over ‘exceptional’ streams

Six creeks recently gained special protection from the state. But some local businesses and landowners say the rules go too far.

By Catalina Jaramillo

FILE: A natural gas pipeline crosses the Tiadaghton State Forest.

Natural gas development in Pa. state forests has slowed significantly

A decline in drilling amid low natural gas prices, and a moratorium on leasing of state land, have put a damper on its development in forests.

By Marie Cusick

The osprey population has grown in part because of a decline in contaminants in the Delaware estuary.

Delaware estuary’s ospreys recover as fish contaminants decline, report says

Population growth suggests overall improvement in region’s ecological health
By Jon Hurdle and Catalina Jaramillo
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