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PUC Defers Action on Request to Lift Injunction for Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction in Chester County Because of Court Appeal

Published on 4/25/2019

Filed under: Gas

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today deferred action on a request by Sunoco Pipeline L.P. (Sunoco) to lift an existing PUC injunction involving construction work on the Mariner East 2 pipeline in the area of Shoen Road in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.

The Commission voted 5-0 to defer any further Commission action on Sunoco’s request until further notice.

On March 29, 2019, Sunoco filed a letter and affidavit with the Commission seeking discontinuance of an earlier PUC injunction involving ME2 construction at the Shoen Road location. Today’s action by the Commission notes that the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has clearly directed the PUC to stop all proceedings related to this case until the resolution of an appeal filed by Sunoco is concluded before that court.

“We find the [court’s] language unambiguous,” noted today’s PUC Order and Opinion. “We conclude that our authority to render a determination on the factual dispute is precluded by the Commonwealth Court’s stay of all proceedings before the Commission.”

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Docket No.: C-2018-3001451




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