Maya & Friends Sue (Once Again) to Stop Mariner East 2 Pipe

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Well that didn’t take long. On Monday the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued their final water and erosion permits to Sunoco Logistics to build the 306-mile Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline (see Finally! PA DEP Issues Final Permits for Mariner East 2 Pipeline). Even though anti-drilling radicals, like Maya van Rossum (THE Delaware Riverkeeper), the Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council and the Mountain Watershed Association have repeatedly sued (and lost) to stop the project, they sued again on Monday following the DEP announcement. The three groups filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, a special type of court set up to hear appeals of decisions by the DEP. In an interview, Miss Maya lashed out at her own party, blaming Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf for supporting the pipeline project. She is, of course, on the leftmost fringe of the environmental movement–no pipeline anywhere for any reason is acceptable because pipelines flow evil fossil fuels. But you can’t just file a lawsuit to stop a pipeline because you have batty beliefs about them. You need an excuse, something a liberal judge can use as justification to grant your wish. In the case of Miss Maya & friends, they claim Mariner East 2 provided an “incomplete and deficient” application, and that by granting the permits, the DEP is covering up and/or ignoring the deficient application…

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