Statement: PUC Ruling Favors Mariner East

The Public Utility Commission today upheld an administrative law judge’s December decision against opponents’ claims that the Mariner East projects are unsafe and need to be stopped.


Opponents had filed a petition claiming the pipeline builder hadn’t done enough to ensure communities and emergency responders had the information they needed regarding safety. They asked for construction to stop and operations to cease.


Ruling against the opponents, the administrative law judge said Mariner East did not pose a danger and an emergency shutdown was unwarranted. Today, the five-member PUC unanimously affirmed the judge’s ruling, adding to the hefty stack of court decisions at every level that have confirmed the unquestionable legality of the Mariner East projects.


If you are covering this case, please find copied below a statement from the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance (PEIA). Feel free to quote me, Kurt Knaus, as PEIA spokesman:


“Opponents continue to craft every possible narrative they can to try to stop construction and shut down Mariner East. While their strategy is to disrupt and delay, their claims don’t withstand court challenges, because the facts show that these projects are legally permitted and in full compliance. There are two sides to every story. Opponents may not like it, but the fact is that Mariner East has been built safely and is operated responsibly.”


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