Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court recently issued two different pipeline decisions, both of which are good news for pipelines and bad news for fractivists.
The entire panel of judges sitting on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court, an appeals court in PA, ruled yesterday that zoning regulations in a local municipality, in this case Middletown (Delaware County), do not supersede the state Public Utility Commission when it comes to regulating Sunoco Logistics Partners Mariner East 2 (ME2) NGL pipeline.
In May 2017, six anti-pipeline residents, living near the ME2 pipeline route, asked the Middletown town council to reject the path of the pipeline near their property because it would, supposedly, pass closer than town code allows. The town council told the residents they’re out of luck, the town will not pursue any action to block Mariner East 2. Period.