Friday, November 28, 2014
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PUC: Sunoco Pipeline no utility

HARRISBURG In an initial ruling, the Public Utility Commission said Wednesday that Sunoco Pipeline L.P. is not exempt from local zoning laws because its proposed services related to its Mariner East pipeline do not qualify as a public utility.

Sunoco petitioned the commission in March for public utility status as it plans to build shelters for 18 pump stations and 17 valve control stations along the pipeline, which crosses West Goshen Township. It would transport ethane and propane. The company said the buildings are necessary to protect equipment and lessen the noise from the operation of the equipment.

Local residents, the Clean Air Council, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network filed petitions with the commission against Sunoco's plans to go around local zoning laws. Local government officials, including Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester), have also voiced their opposition.

"This ruling recognizes local control and the important role local zoning plays in protecting the quality of life of our residents, and such recognition is most welcome," Dinniman said in a statement.

A Sunoco spokesman said the company still hopes that the PUC will find in its favor. - Michaelle Bond

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