The state Department of Environmental Protection has turned down Sunoco Logistics’ current environmental protection plans as part of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. Instead, the DEP has given Sunoco a long to-do list, StateImpact Pennsylvania reported.
While the DEP says Sunoco’s permits were “technically complete,” numerous issues have been documented along the 17-county pipeline route.
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The Chapter 105 deficiency letters sent to Sunoco and posted on DEP’s website September 6, outline an incredibly long list of problems with the company’s proposals including: a lack of construction details for water crossings, no analyses for how water quality standards for each crossing will be maintained or how the area will be restored after construction, no mention of nearby drinking water wells and contact information for those responsible for them, no project wide cumulative impacts analysis, no secondary impact analysis, no explanation of how threatened or endangered species will be protected, no evidence of consultation with or approval from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for protecting cultural heritage sites, and no emergency plans in the case of a pipeline rupture.
The DEP’s ruling comes after an August hearing in Harrisburg where landowners and environmentalists begged for more time to analyze the possible impact of the Mariner East 2 project on Pennsylvania.
In July, Commonwealth Court upheld a decision by a lower court which allowed Sunoco to seize the property of three couples in Cumberland County via eminent domain. The couples have since appealed.