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PADEP suspends construction on Mariner East 2 pipeline

Mariner 2 construction site in rural Pennsylvania. Jon Hurdle photo for StateImpact
Susan Phillips and Jon Hurdle report for StateImpact:

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday suspended all Construction on Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline, saying it has violated the conditions of two kinds of permits.

“Sunoco must cease all construction activity on the pipeline project, except for maintenance of erosion controls and limited maintenance of horizontal directional drilling equipment,” the DEP said in a statement.

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

DEP directed the company to submit details on how it plans to prevent drilling mud spills – or “inadvertent returns” – that have challenged the project in their dozens since construction began last February.

It also instructed the company to address impacts to private water wells in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County, and to identify all “in progress and upcoming construction activities.”

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