Finally! PA DEP Issues Final Permits for Mariner East 2 Pipeline

Mariner East 2 Pipeline – click for larger version

Game, set and match. Finally, after five circuses, er, a, public hearings, and 29,000 form letter comments, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued the final Chp. 105 (Water Obstruction and Encroachment) and Chp. 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control) permits for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. PA has cleared the project to begin construction–there are no more permits required from PA. However, before the bulldozers start, there is one remaining hurdle: permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (which under President Trump, is a foregone conclusion). Mariner East 2, as a reminder, is a $2.5 billion, 306-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline that will run from eastern Ohio through the state of Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook refinery near Philadelphia. It will flow mostly ethane, but also propane and butane. There have been numerous legal battles and roadblocks thrown up by some of the townships along the route–but that’s now behind us. Oh, there’s still a few troublemakers (see Towns Near Philly Collude with CAC to Block Mariner East 2 Pipe?), but their troublemaking will go nowhere. This has been a long time coming, and a cause to celebrate…

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