Mariner East 2: Sunoco’s Public Utility Status Trumps Local Regulation, Court Says

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An aerial view of Sunoco Pipeline's Mariner East 2 construction in rural Pennsylvania. Plans for a new construction technique in some locations have prompted a new round of community resistance.

JEREMY LONG / LEBANON DAILY NEWS, An aerial view of Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East 2 construction in rural Pennsylvania.

Sunoco won a court battle over the siting of its Mariner East 2 pipeline on Tuesday when a panel of judges ruled against an effort to assert local control over where the pipeline can be built.

The Commonwealth Court rejected an appeal by four plaintiffs who argued that Sunoco is violating a zoning ordinance in Chester County’s West Goshen Township that sets the distance a pipeline can be built from houses, and that the ordinance should not be overridden by state regulations.

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