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Gov. Wolf: pipelines necessary to ‘live the life we want’

Governor Tom Wolf is addressing public concerns about pipeline safety, after construction on a major natural gas liquids line was halted by a state judge. Speaking Thursday on WITF’s Smart Talk, Wolf noted pipelines are an integral part of modern life, while stressing the importance of safety. Wolf says he’s spoken directly with Matthew Ramsey, [...]

Delco township hires Sunoco consultant to do risk analysis of Mariner East 2

Delaware County’s Middletown Township is hiring a Sunoco contractor to do a risk assessment of the company’s plan to build the Mariner East 2 pipeline through the community, prompting critics to accuse the township of using a contractor with a conflict of interest. Mark Kirchgasser, chairman of the township’s Board of Supervisors, confirmed that it [...]

Chesco residents deal with tainted water after Sunoco drills into aquifer

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA David Mano, a resident of Chester County’s West Whiteland Township, holds a sample of water taken from his well after the local aquifer was punctured by drilling for the planned Mariner East 2 pipeline. The first Dan Rich knew of it was when he came home from work last Wednesday, [...]

Judge rules that environmental group can challenge Sunoco over pipeline eminent domain

Sunoco Logistics’ use of eminent domain to take private land to build its Mariner East 2 pipeline came into question again on Thursday when a Philadelphia court ruled that an environmental group can argue that the practice is unconstitutional. Judge Linda Carpenter of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas denied the company’s request to summarily [...]

Delco zoning board refuses to block Mariner East 2 pipeline

The latest local effort to block the Mariner East 2 pipeline failed late Monday when a zoning panel in Delaware County denied an appeal against three permits that have allowed its construction. Thornbury Township’s Zoning Hearing Board turned down a request by a local homeowners association to withdraw the permits to install a fence, a utility pole and [...]

School officials seek answers on safety of Mariner East 2

Pipeline advocates and emergency responders sought to allay continuing concerns about the safety of the planned Mariner East 2 line near schools during a recent meeting in Delaware County, calming some worries but failing to convince critics that their children will be safe when the pipeline is built. As Sunoco Logistics presses on with construction [...]

DEP officials won’t answer lawmakers’ questions on pipeline documents

Pennsylvania officials declined on Wednesday to answer lawmakers’ questions on documents indicating that the state had issued permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline before ensuring that it met all regulatory requirements. A bipartisan group of three lawmakers met with three top officials from the Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg to discuss public concerns [...]

Mariner East 2 critics say any leak could cause ‘catastrophe’ in Delco

Opponents of the planned Mariner East 2 pipeline warned on Monday of an “unprecedented catastrophe” if the pipeline leaks, subjecting residents of a Delaware County township to the risk of burns from a flammable vapor cloud that could ignite amid schools, homes and businesses. The Middletown Coalition for Community Safety, an anti-pipeline group, released an [...]

DEP approved Mariner East 2 permits despite deficiencies, documents show

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection issued final permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline even though the pipeline’s builder, Sunoco Logistics, had not met all regulatory requirements at the time of issuance, DEP documents show. The state’s top environmental regulator acknowledged that the company’s applications for permits on water crossings and soil disturbance contained many [...]

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