MEDIA – State Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) applauded Gov. Tom Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for acting today to suspend the review of all permit applications associated with the Mariner East 2 pipeline.
The DEP announced its hold on reviews due to non-compliance associated with Sunoco’s other pipeline project, the Revolution Pipeline, which is not yet in service. There are currently 27 permits under review for Mariner East 2, which will not be reviewed as part of the order issued today. The pipeline will remain in operation, but future drilling will be delayed as part of the permit hold.
“Sunoco has proven time and time again that it is not a cooperative partner with federal, state and local regulators,” Quinn said. “That lack of cooperation has caught up with Sunoco and will now cost it time and money. I commend the DEP for taking this swift action.”
In addition to the permit hold, Wolf announced several legislative actions he would like to see, which he said would help the regulators better protect public safety and welfare. His proposals include:
- Granting siting authority for intrastate pipelines to the PUC.
- Requiring pipeline operators to provide information, including how to respond to a leak, to schools within 1,000 feet of a pipeline.
- Requiring operators to meet with county emergency coordinators and provide emergency response and evacuation information.
- Requiring automatic or remote shutoff valves in high-consequence areas.
“The governor’s legislative suggestions are welcomed by me, and I would be glad to introduce all four bills as a member of the majority in the House,” Quinn said. “I look forward to working with the governor, his administration and other legislators to make these initiatives a priority. I have long been concerned about the safety of this project and I am glad to have the governor on my side in this fight.”
Representative Chris Quinn
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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