The latest scenes of the imaginary ‘Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Diary’ documentary have been taking place in the courtroom with more drama being scripted later this week.
What’s not imaginary was the environmental judge who stopped the drilling for the Mariner East 2 pipeline last month but on Friday, a judge ruled that Sunoco can resume work at 16 of 17 locations where Sunoco asked to continue drilling. Before the other locations can be drilled on, the state’s Environmental Hearing Board in Harrisburg has set three days of hearings that begin Wednesday.
I hope they use a big court room because there are a lot of actors going up against each other. Stay by the phone because the casting calls should be going out soon.
The Red Team (red because they’re so mad): The Clean Air Council, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and the Mountain Watershed Association.
The Blue Team (blue because they’re so cold): The state of Pennsylvania, Sunoco, and the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
For those of you who need an overview what this documentary is all about…
Mariner East 2 is a 350-mile pipeline system bringing fracking wastewater from Marcellus and Utica shale gas fields right through some pricey neighborhoods in Delaware County on its way to Sunoco Logistics in Marcus Hook for clean up, separation, liquefaction, and resale.