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Brief -- Mariner East

Sunoco Pipeline LP, intervenors and the residents asking the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) to halt operations and construction on the Mariner East (ME) pipeline system have until Dec. 7 to file final briefs. Residents in southeast Pennsylvania -- where construction spills, water issues and sinkholes have raised local ire and slowed down the ME 2 and 2X projects -- filed an emergency petition and formal complaint on Nov. 19 to stop operations. They argued that Sunoco’s public awareness program fails to adequately inform communities about how to deal with a major leak or rupture. Hearings on the petition concluded last week, and an administrative law judge is expected to make a decision on Dec. 11, a PUC spokesman said. If the judge rules in favor of the residents, ME 1 operations and construction on other projects would be stopped until the full commission reviews the ruling at a meeting on Dec. 20.

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