Philadelphia Inquirer: Sunoco pipeline creates a divide across Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Pennsylvania residents are appealing a lower court’s decision to give Sunoco permission to take a pipeline easement by eminent domain. The Mariner East 2 project is different from other shale-inspired pipelines because it delivers liquid fuels such as propane, butane, and ethane, not natural gas itself.

A hearing on Monday in Altoona, where labor union supporters of the project outnumbered environmental activists, was the first of five formal sessions the DEP has scheduled across the state on Sunoco’s applications to encroach on waterways and to disturb the earth. A hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sykes Student Union at West Chester University to address the project’s route through Delaware and Chester Counties.

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