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Pennsylvania DEP halts work on Mariner East 2 pipeline

Staff Writer | January 4, 2018
The state Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday ordered Sunoco to stop construction of a natural gas pipeline across Pennsylvania, citing "egregious and willful violations" of law.
Mariner East 2 pipeline
Energy   A lack of ability or intention
Over the past year, a series of spills and leaks have plagued the $2.5 billion project to build its 350-mile-long Mariner East 2 pipeline to carry propane, butane and ethane from the Marcellus Shale formation in the western part of the state to a terminal in Marcus Hook, Delaware County, Philly Voice reports.

The DEP, which ordered the work halted until Sunoco Logistics can operate according to the terms of its permit, has cited the company for dozens of environmental violations.

The agency said Sunoco has proven a "lack of ability or intention" to follow clean streams law and other environmental regulations, the Associated Press reported.

In a statement, DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said his agency was out of options.

“Until Sunoco can demonstrate that the permit conditions can and will be followed, DEP has no alternative but to suspend the permits,” McDonnell said. “We are living up to our promise to hold this project accountable to the strong protections in the permits.”

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