Mariner East Pipelines Shut Down

On May 24, an Administrative Law Judge of the Public Utility Commission ruled in favor of Senator Dinniman’s request for emergency relief, shutting down the operation of Mariner East 1 and halting construction on Mariner East 2 & 2X.

In her decision, Judge Elizabeth Barnes wrote, “”I find there to be an imminent risk to the public and a need for immediate relief and further study to be done on ME1, ME2 and ME2X for the Commission and its Bureau of Safety Engineers to evaluate before construction should resume on ME 2 or ME2X in West Whiteland Twp. and before a potential catastrophic event occurs on ME 1. Additionally, local and state government needs time to create emergency evacuation and notification plans and to educate the public before operations should resume.”

Sunoco Pipeline LP now has 30 days to conduct geophysical and geotechnical studies to the PUC.

A copy of the judge’s decision can be found here.