PA Enviro Judge Puts 2-Week Pause on ME2 Pipeline Drilling

Anti-fossil fuelers who irrationally hate anything to do with natural gas, including the super-safe pipelines that flow it, have found a sympathetic judge inside the Dept. of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Hearing Board to side with them in a campaign to stop the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. At least temporarily. Yesterday Environmental Hearing Board Judge Bernard Labuskes, Jr. issued an order stopping all underground horizontal directional drilling (HDD) across PA related to the ME2 project. The order affects some 55 different locations where HDD is being used. Headlines in left-leaning anti pubs like StateImpact Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mislead people into thinking ALL construction of ME2 has stopped. That is manifestly untrue. The only thing stopped, for the next two weeks, is HDD. The other 90% (or more) of the project, which is digging trenches for the twin pipelines, continues. Only in locations where ME2 must drill underground–say under a stream or roadway–are affected by the judge’s order. The order is in response to an appeal by radical Big Green groups, including the anti-fossil fuel Clean Air Council (of Philly), THE Delaware Riverkeeper (Maya van Rossum), and Mountain Watershed Association (see Antis’ Fake Outrage at ME2 Construction “Spills,” Demand Stop Work). Although temporary, this two-week pause is troublesome and problematic because Big Green groups have convinced a DEP judge to hear a case that ultimately aims to stop the ME2 project…

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