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Mariner East pipeline problems take center stage at state Senate hearing

From left to right: Melissa DiBernadino, Goshen United for Public Safety, Rebecca Britton, Uwchlan Safety Coalition, and Andrew Williams, EDF testified at a joint senate hearing Tuesday.

A joint state senate hearing Tuesday was ostensibly about the broad topic of “pipeline safety,” but ended up focusing almost entirely on Sunoco’s embattled Mariner East project – a series of natural gas liquids pipelines spanning the southern portion of Pennsylvania. As StateImpact Pennsylvania has reported, the project has faced numerous problems, including construction delays, legal challenges, [...]

Sunoco to resume work, pay $12.6 million for Mariner East 2 pipeline violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is issuing a $12.6 million civil penalty against Sunoco Pipeline, LLP  for permit violations related to the construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. DEP suspended construction on the pipeline January 3 and directed the company to explain how it planned to prevent drilling mud spills – known as “inadvertent [...]

Lebanon County zoning board denies challenge to Mariner East 1

Zoning officials in a Lebanon County township rejected an appeal against their permit allowing a pumping station to be built along the Mariner East 1 pipeline, rebuffing the latest challenge to the project’s public utility status. West Cornwall Township’s Zoning Hearing Board on Tuesday denied the appeal by three residents and Concerned Citizens of Lebanon [...]

Sunoco begins pipeline work at Raystown Lake

The sounds of buzzing chainsaws echoed through the hills around Raystown Lake Thursday afternoon, as contractors for Sunoco Logistics cleared trees to make way for the new Mariner East 2 project. The 8,300 acre lake in Huntingdon County is a popular spot for swimming, boating, hiking, and mountain biking. It draws about 1.5 million visitors [...]

DEP plans public hearings for Sunoco’s Mariner 2 pipeline

State environmental regulators will hold a series of public hearings in August to get public feedback on pending permit applications for a major natural gas liquids pipeline project. The so-called Mariner 2 line, would run parallel to its predecessor (the Mariner East 1) through 17 counties in Pennsylvania’s southern tier. But unlike that project, which [...]

Sunoco will move out of Philadelphia to new headquarters in Pa. suburbs [UPDATED]

Sunoco Inc. will move out of Philadelphia and consolidate its corporate headquarters in the the Delaware County suburbs in two years, a company spokesman has confirmed. Spokesman Jeff Shields told StateImpact Pennsylvania the new building in a Newtown Square development called Ellis Preserve would be “a good central location for our employees.” There are currently [...]

Corbett Touts Energy Jobs in Budget Address

There were no mentions of Pennsylvania beating Texas to become the nation’s new “energy state,” but Governor Tom Corbett spent almost four minutes talking energy in Tuesday’s 2013 budget address. Corbett praised the job-creation of Pennsylvania’s burgeoning energy sector, saying it resulted in “hundreds of thousands of new jobs.” But what Corbett didn’t talk about, [...]

Clean Air Council and DEP Spar Over Emissions Aggregation

Should two refineries be considered one? That’s the question raised by a lawsuit filed last week by the Clean Air Council against the state Department of Environmental Protection. The case has to do with a couple of refineries in southeast Pennsylvania, one in Philadelphia and the other near the Delaware border in Marcus Hook. The [...]

Marcus Hook Refinery to Process Marcellus Shale Gas

Last week Gov. Tom Corbett demurred on answering questions about the fate of Sunoco’s Marcus Hook plant in Delaware County. “I wouldn’t want to scoop myself,” he told reporters. But now we know that plans are in the works to revive the shuttered facility with the flow of Marcellus Shale natural gas from the western [...]

Frackers and Fractivists Flock to Philly

Natural gas industry professionals and their critics will be crossing paths in downtown Philadelphia Thursday and Friday. But don’t expect the two groups to engage in a detente. Two thousand people are expected to attend the second annual Shale Gas Insight 2012 conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, generating more than $5 million in economic [...]

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