Statement: Court Ruling Favors Pipeline over Senator

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court today reversed a June 2018 order by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission that resulted from a taxpayer-funded lawsuit brought by Sen. Andy Dinniman. The court ruled that Sen. Dinniman lacked either legislative or personal standing to file the complaint and seek emergency relief against the builder for the Mariner East pipeline network. The court’s order ultimately dismisses the complaint against the company.

If you are writing about this ruling, which came down today, please consider the following statement by the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance. You can quote me, Kurt Knaus, as spokesman:

“It is our hope that this affirmative ruling finally puts to rest the many baseless claims of legal improprieties that a few anti-pipeline activists have tried to raise about this project. We continue to see the courts rule in favor of the pipeline because it is a legally permitted project that underwent years of public scrutiny before a shovel ever hit the ground, and it continues to be tightly regulated. The only unfortunate turnout of this ruling are the questionable use of taxpayer dollars spent by Sen. Dinniman’s to pay for his lawsuit, which the court clearly found was based on faulty arguments. Now that Mariner East once again has been affirmed by the courts, it is time to get the project completed and in operation to produce the countless benefits it is promised to deliver for Pennsylvania.”

For nearly four years, the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance has advocated for the safe, responsible development of critical infrastructure. Pipelines are the safest, most efficient method of transporting oil and gas products.

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Kurt Knaus, Spokesman
Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance
P: 717-571-5687
Harrisburg, Pa.

PEIA is a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests statewide that support private investment in pipeline and other energy infrastructure developments.