Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court has ruled against Chester County Commissioners and their attempt to secure an injunction to stop construction of the Mariner East pipeline project. The petition fought to curtail open trench construction rather than horizontal directional drilling on two easements the county gave to the pipeline builder.
The modifications essentially go from horizontal directional drills to conventional bore or open trench, which would alleviate some of the issues experienced during construction. These modifications need to be made for environmental safety based on new realities in the field. The project has been highly regulated and use of these approved modifications will ensure that the pipeline is built with the least amount of harm to the environment.
If you are writing about the court decision, please find the following statement by Kurt Knaus, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance:
“The decision is one more stamp of approval on this legally permitted project. Courts continue to side with the safe, responsible development of Mariner East because the entire project has been subject to strict oversight and regulations. With this approval in place, another piece of Mariner East can swiftly and safely move toward completion.”
For more than four years, the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance has advocated for the safe, responsible development of critical infrastructure. For more information:
Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance
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.