Even as opponents continue pursuing countless avenues to shut down the legally permitted Mariner East projects, especially Mariner East 2, which is nearly completed, proponents of investments in energy infrastructure marked the restart of Mariner East 1 this week.
After a three-week shutdown, Mariner East 1 is back in operation. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted last week to approve the restart of the line after a three-week shutdown that began May 24 after a highly questionable ruling by a PUC administrative law judge. It was the second time in a little more than a month that the PUC voted to restart the line after finding it poses no risk.
Even though opponents of ME1 continue to question its safety, every finding is to the contrary, including the PUC’s own Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement recommended restarting the line. That’s on top of multi-year, unprecedented permitting process the project underwent at the federal, state and local levels.
The restart of Mariner East 1 once again is a win for Pennsylvanians, providing consumers and businesses access to safe, efficient, and reliable energy.