Sunoco Appeals DEP’s ME2 Pipe Suspension to Enviro Hearing Board

PA State Sen. Andy Dinniman

In early January, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued an order shutting down all construction for the Sunoco Logistics Partners Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline project (see PA DEP Caves to Big Green Pressure, Stops All Work on ME2 Pipeline). The DEP claims Sunoco had violated the conditions of the permits that allow it to drill and trench for the project. In particular, the DEP is hot and bothered about drilling mud spills associated with underground horizontal directional drilling (HDD). The DEP said Suonco can restart work when/if certain conditions are met. So far the DEP has not allowed Sunoco to restart work. In the meantime, thousands of workers are in the unemployment line, and have been since Jan. 3rd. Sunoco has just appealed the DEP’s cease and desist order to the PA Environmental Hearing Board–a special court set up to hear appeals of DEP decisions. Sunoco lays out their case in a filing (below) for why the DEP is incorrect in issuing their stop work order…

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