Sunoco Hires Big Gun Law Firms to Help Complete Ethane Pipeline

An update on Sunoco Logistics’ legal battles to build a 50-mile pipeline in western PA to connect to an older 8-inch pipeline that’s being re-purposed to flow ethane and propane from western PA all the way to the Marcus Hook refinery near Philadelphia along the Delaware River. The problem is push-back from residents along the pipeline’s route–for the new 50 miles of pipeline and for the compressor stations that need to be built along the entire route (see More Pushback from PA Residents on Proposed Mariner East Pipeline). Sunoco feels it has no choice but to be granted state recognition as a public utility corporation (not the same thing as a public utility).

They have a lot riding on their request to be recognized as a public utility corporation, so Sunoco has just hired a couple of big gun energy law firms to give them a hand with their multiple legal battles. One of those firms is Blank Rome, handling Sunoco’s application to be classified as a public utility corporation. The Sunoco case at Blank Rome is being headed by Michael Krancer–former Secretary of the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection, super sharp lawyer and all-around nice guy (MDN has spoken to, and heard Mike speak, a number of times). The other law firm lending a hand is Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel, who will help out with Sunoco’s problems with new pipeline construction in western PA…

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