More hearings ordered for Sunoco pipeline

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 2, 2014 12:00 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- More hearings will be held on whether to exempt the construction of buildings around pump and valve-control stations from local zoning ordinances along a 300-mile pipeline that would run through parts of the midstate.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted 4-1 today to order hearings on whether the zoning exemptions are crucial to Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East pipeline service.

In doing so, the commissioners rejected a July recommendation by two administrative law judges that went against Sunoco Logistics.

The judges had said the buildings cannot be exempt because the planned ethane and propane pipeline doesn't constitute public utility service. But the commission says the pipeline is already certified as a utility service.

The pipeline is to originate amid southwestern Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale drilling fields and end at Sunoco Logistics' distribution facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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