Sunoco Strikes Deal with Devil, “Settles” with Anti Groups re ME2

Energy Transfer’s Sunoco Logisitics unit has struck a deal with the devil–the devil being the Philadelphia-based (and odoriferous) Clean Air Council, THE Delaware Riverkeeper and Mountain Watershed Association–that will ultimately lift the current ban on underground horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for the Mariner East 2 NGL pipeline project. The three Big Green groups (well funded by colluding leftist organizations) filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board to block all HDD work following several drilling mud leaks, one of them fouling a water aquifer in Chester County (see Sunoco LP’s Generous Deal to Chester Co. Residents with Water Issues). The Hearing Board judge agreed and stopped all HDD work, temporarily (see PA Enviro Judge Puts 2-Week Pause on ME2 Pipeline Drilling). However, earlier this week the judge allowed a partial lift of the ban (see PA Enviro Judge Lets Sunoco Restart ME2 Drilling 16 of 55 Locations). Sunoco and the Big Green groups have now “settled.” The terms of the “settlement” call for Sunoco to reevaluate and resubmit plans for HDD drilling at 47 locations for review by the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Landowners who live within 450 feet of a planned HDD site may request water well testing before, during and after Sunoco’s underground drilling activity. In return, the Big Green groups agreed to drop their appeal requesting no further HDD work. As deals with the devil go, perhaps this one isn’t so bad after all. However, we still question why the groups had standing to bring the action in the first place…

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