Last Minute Attacks Fail to Stop Mariner East 2 Pipeline Progress

We appear to be in the final death throes of radical environmental efforts to block the construction of Mariner East 2–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. Last week the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) gave its final approval for the project (see Finally! PA DEP Issues Final Permits for Mariner East 2 Pipeline). It didn’t take long for a coordinated attack from the the enviro left–THE Delaware Riverkeeper, the Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council and the Mountain Watershed Association (see Maya & Friends Sue (Once Again) to Stop Mariner East 2 Pipe). On Thursday they asked the PA Environmental Hearing Board to block construction until they can figure out a new way to try and stop the project, claiming “irreparable harm” will happen if construction proceeds. On Friday a judge refused their request. They asked the judge to reconsider a few hours later, after they had manufactured new “evidence” for the judge. Meanwhile, supervisors in West Goshen (a Philly suburb) filed a complaint against Mariner East 1 and 2 with the PA Public Utility Commission, in a apparent effort to stop any new construction there. Try as they might to stop it, this pipeline is about to get built…

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