No changes will be made to the 20 permits that had been challenged by the
In a settlement in the case approved Thursday, DEP agreed to make available online all non-privileged, non-confidential permit application materials and supporting documents for pipeline projects such as the Mariner East 2. That includes technical deficiency letters issued by the department and the resulting responses from applicants.
DEP also plans to convene a group of stakeholders — including representatives of DEP, of the appealing organizations and of pipeline proponents — who will offer input as DEP develops “more formalized guidance on pipeline construction.”
DEP has agreed to initiate the stakeholder group within 90 days and share documents developed through the group within a year.
The three environmental groups have been invited to each have a representative take part as DEP evaluates changes to the application process for erosion and sediment control permits for earth disturbance related to oil and gas facilities.
Construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline resulted in “an unpermitted discharge of drilling fluids to wetlands, wild trout streams and high-quality waters at a number of locations in
In each instance, Sunoco was required to stop operations, fix the damage and submit proposed modifications of its construction methods for DEP approval. DEP allowed Sunoco to resume operations after approving the proposed modifications.
The terms of the appeal settlement will “lead to increased transparency, better access to permit application materials, additional opportunities for public participation, and improved communication with impacted residents along project routes,” the
But the settlement provides only a partial resolution of issues the
“The devastation that Sunoco caused is indefensible and should never have occurred,” said
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