Philly Dem Senator Loses Bid to Shut Down ME Pipelines

PA State Senator Andy Dinniman

In April 2018, a Chester County, PA (Philadelphia area) Democrat State Senator by the name of Andy Dinniman (who we think looks like Tony Soprano) filed a formal, legal complaint with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), asking the PUC to shut down and keep closed all of the Mariner East pipeline projects–ME1, ME2, and ME2X (see Philly Dem Senator Tries to Shut Down ME2 Pipe Construction). It took long enough, but the PA Commonwealth Court, whom Sunoco appealed to, ruled yesterday that Dinniman’s complaint is meritless. The court ordered the PUC to dismiss Dinniman’s complaint.
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PA PUC Extends “Safety Review” for Liquids Pipes Extra 2 Weeks

Pennsylvania antis from the Philadelphia area who don’t want pipelines running through their neighborhoods (NIMBY types) beat the drums of war so loud and for so long, they finally began to intimidate the non-partisan, shouldn’t-be-intimated PA Public Utility Commission (PUC). In June the PUC launched a “major review of its safety regulations for hazardous liquids pipelines” in response to pressure from Mariner East 2 pipeline foes (see PA PUC Launches “Safety Review” for Liquids Pipes – Antis Rejoice). The deadline for public comments was Aug. 28, but in response to yet more pressure from antis, the PUC extended the deadline another two weeks. It’s sad to see a government body cowed by a few loudmouthed troublemakers.
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PA Gov. Wolf Meets Mariner East Antis F2F, Won’t Shut Down Pipes

To his credit (we don’t often heap praise on him), Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf toured a Mariner East 2 pipeline construction site in Chester County near Philadelphia last Thursday, along with some Democrat politicians, and told anti-pipeline residents “NO” to their faces when they asked him to shut down the Mariner East pipeline system. He was polite, but firm, telling them he disagrees with their position of the need to permanently shut down the Mariner pipelines. “Do a better job” with construction and impacts from the project? Sure, according to Wolf. Shut it all down permanently? NO.
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PA PUC Launches “Safety Review” for Liquids Pipes – Antis Rejoice

Pennsylvania antis from the Philadelphia area who don’t want pipelines running through their neighborhoods (NIMBY types) have beat the drums of war so loud and for so long, they’ve finally begun to intimidate the non-partisan, shouldn’t-be-intimated PA Public Utility Commission (PUC). The PUC last Thursday launched a “major review of its safety regulations for hazardous liquids pipelines” in response to pressure from Mariner East 2 pipeline foes. It’s sad to see a government body cowed by a few loudmouthed troublemakers.
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PA Sen. Dinniman Intros Bill Requiring Study of “Old” Pipelines

PA State Sen. Andy Dinniman

Pennsylvania Senator Andy Dinniman, leftist Democrat from Chester County (near Philadelphia), continues his mission to try and block all three Mariner East pipelines from achieving or continuing service, flowing natural gas liquids to Marcus Hook. His latest attempt is “pipeline safety” Senate Bill (SB) 677, a bill requiring an all natgas and NGL pipelines over 50 years old to conduct an “end of life” study.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, May 8, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Shut down Mariner East II, for good; NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer calls on Con Ed to prove NESE is necessary; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Pipeline protesters could face 10 years in prison under bill OK’d by Texas House; Venture Global LNG achieves regulatory milestone for Plaquemines LNG, Delta LNG export project; NJ gets ready to commit energy suicide; NATIONAL: 2020 Dems take extreme positions on oil & gas development; Flex LNG to list shares on New York Stock Exchange; LaFleur says climate split is harming FERC’s work; Will Chevron come over the top to buy Anadarko?; Chevron should walk away from Anadarko deal; Activist investor urges Carrizo Oil & Gas to sell; INTERNATIONAL: ‘Freedom gas’: US opens LNG floodgates to Europe.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, May 1, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Is there something rotten in Dinniman country?; Senate Environmental Committee unanimously OKs renomination of Dunn as DCNR Secretary; War on natural gas will stunt economy, crush working class; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Baker Hughes chooses Permian Basin to debut ‘electric frack’ technology; NATIONAL: BP is not on the hunt for US oil and gas deals, says CEO Bob Dudley; Warren Buffett backs Occidental’s bid for Anadarko with $10 billion investment; More U.S. LNG export projects moving toward FID; Hypothesis: Radical Greens are the great killers of our age; INTERNATIONAL: Brent could hit $100 on ‘unprecedented’ undersupply in 2020; Britain’s shale resignation; Stung by Trump’s criticisms of Russian gas deal, Germany makes its own threats; David Attenborough, dead bats and how radical Green propaganda relies on tragedy porn.
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Sunoco Buys Out 2 Homes Near Chester County ME2 Sinkholes

In the end, it was the right thing to do. Word has leaked out and is now being trumpeted by anti-pipeline “news” outlets (like PBS’ StateImpact Pennsylvania) that Sunoco (i.e. Energy Transfer) has purchased the homes of two homeowners who live near Mariner East 2 pipeline construction–both homes located near sinkholes related to pipeline construction. Sunoco paid each homeowner $60,000-$100,000 more than fair market value.
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Philly Gang of Five Win Delay of PA DEP Secretary Reconfirmation

Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw (Republican from Lycoming County), who serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee, has caved to pressure from five Philadelphia-area Senators (four Democrats, one RINO), to delay a hearing on reconfirming Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell. The Gang of Five are trying to bully McDonnell into blocking the Mariner East 2 Pipeline project by threatening him with unending investigations, and by threatening his very job. Nice folks.

UPDATE: Sen. Yaw did not cave to pressure from the Gang of Five. Something else has delayed McDonnell’s reconfirmation. See our update below.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Mon, Apr 1, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PA Senate bill would impose 2 year moratorium on hazardous liquids pipeline approvals; PA EQB to consider petition to create cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; EQT Foundation announces scholarships for Greene, Washington students; Cabot gives back to Susquehanna County first responders; NATIONAL: Amid the furor of the Green New Deal, don’t overlook the shale revolution; INTERNATIONAL: Natural gas prices crash as market suffers ‘winter hangover’.
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ME2 Pipe Construction Thru Girl’s Softball Field – How Dare They!

You can “hear” the indignation in the Philadelphia Inquirer article. Mariner East 2 (ME2) Pipeline, which (according to antis) shouldn’t be allowed to continue their construction activities, is not only continuing said activities in Chester County, PA, ME2 is going to put a pipeline right through the middle of a (gasp) girl’s softball field! When the season is just about to begin. HOW DARE THEY?!
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Shameful PA Lawmakers Rally to Shut Down Safely Operating ME Pipes

China’s Chairman Mao – patron saint of antis

Yesterday was a sad day in Harrisburg, PA. A group of virulent anti-fossil fuelers (maybe 200 or so) attended a staged rally where several shameful members of the state legislature, including Andy “Tony Soprano” Dinniman, and Tom “token RINO” Killion advocated shutting down the legal, legitimate, fully functioning and safely operating set of pipelines known as Mariner East 1 & 2–just to pander to their kook voting base. A counter-rally was held by Republican legislators (i.e. adults) who support the Mariner East pipelines.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Thu, Jan 31, 2019

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: Dominion Energy awards $50,000 to organizations inspiring arts and culture; Dinniman blasts pipeline lobbying as he does it with taxpayer money; OTHER U.S. REGIONS: Polar Vortex sets US Midwest demand record, raises risk of wellhead freeze-offs; Commissioning cited as reason for recent feedgas levels at Cheniere LNG terminal in Texas; Eugene council discusses natural gas regulation; Hays County, TX residents say they’re ‘prepared to fight’ planned natural gas pipeline; NATIONAL: Record cold forces rethink on global warming.
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New Mariner East 1 Sinkhole Appears, PA PUC Shuts Down Pipeline

New ME1 sinkhole in Chester County (credit: WPVI-TV Channel 6)

On Sunday a new sinkhole appeared in the backyard of a home in West Whiteland Township (Chester County), PA exposing a small portion of Energy Transfer’s Mariner East 1 (ME1) NGL pipeline.
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Too Funny! Angry “Reporters” Call Mariner East 2 “Frankenpipe”

You know you’ve hit a nerve when so-called reporters (propagandists) at a Philadelphia-area newspaper drop all pretense of being objective in their reporting and begin calling a pipeline project made-up names–like calling Mariner East 2 “Frankenpipe.” Talk about petulant and childish!
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