The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission today lifted an injunction against work on Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 project in West Goshen Township, allowing the company to resume construction on this portion of the project.
Work originally was halted in July after disagreements over installation of a valve station along the pipeline route in the Chester County community and until the matter could be brought for a full trial before the PUC. Valves in a pipeline are spaced along its route to safely segregate sections and assist with required maintenance.
Pipeline opponents cheered the stoppage, the first time any part of the project was halted, and noted that even when the other 349 miles of pipeline were complete, it would still have a missing a link and remain inoperable because of the unfinished portion in West Goshen.
The PUC decision means work can resume on this section of the pipeline.
If you are writing about the PUC decision, please find a statement from the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance. You can quote me, Kurt Knaus, as PEIA spokesman:
“The PUC’s decision adds to the long list of rulings in favor of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline project. It’s also further evidence of the intense regulatory scrutiny and strict oversight that accompanies development of this pipeline. This outcome is good news for residents and businesses across Pennsylvania who are waiting for the additional benefits that this project will bring once it’s up and running.”
Kurt Knaus, Spokesman
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.