Halt of Pipeline Construction is Victory for Local Communities

Mariner East 2 Never Should Have Been Approved

Doug Jackson, 202.495.3045 or doug.jackson@sierraclub.org

HARRISBURG, PA-- Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ordered Sunoco to halt construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline, following several spills and violations of state law.

In response, Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter Director Joanne Kilgour released the following statement:

"The spills and legal violations of the Mariner East 2 are exactly why Pennsylvanians and the Sierra Club opposed this project from the beginning. Local residents along the pipeline route have organized to defend the health and safety of their communities, warning that the Mariner East 2 would cause pollution and impact private water supplies. DEP’s decision to suspend the permits required for construction affirms that the concerns raised by these community members were valid, and that the pipeline should never have been approved in the first place. We hope the Wolf Administration will take this opportunity to reevaluate its insufficient approach to the permitting of pipeline projects and other fossil fuel projects throughout Pennsylvania."

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