Sunoco Appeals PA’s Stop Work Order

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EMILY COHEN / FOR STATEIMPACT PA Construction equipment clears trees in Aston, Delaware County to make way for the Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline. Sunoco has appealed DEP's stop work order that resulted from dozens of pollution incidents.

Sunoco is appealing the Department of Environmental Protection’s January 3 order to halt construction on the Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline. Sunoco filed the appeal with the Environmental Hearing Board on February 2, calling the DEP’s order “arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, vague, an abuse of discretion, improper, not supported by substantial or accurate evidence, contrary to fact and law…”

It’s the latest move in a legal and regulatory battle over the permitting and construction of the 350-mile long natural gas liquids pipeline that cuts through 17 counties, 2,700 properties, and more than 1200 streams or wetlands.

Clean Air Council executive director Joe Minott says the DEP is within its right to halt construction.

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