Pennsylvania has approved six waivers to allow Energy Transfer and subsidiary Sunoco to continue construction on its Mariner East 2 pipelines, Kallanish Energy reports
The waivers, approved on Wednesday, allow the company to continue working at 15 construction sites across the state.
That includes three partially completed horizontal directional drilling sites, road bores and open excavation sites, StateImpact Pennsylvania, the National Public Radio news outlet, reported.
A week ago, Gov. Tom Wolf had issued an order to close all “non-life-sustaining” businesses in Pennsylvania because of the coronavirus.
That shut down construction on the twin liquids pipelines, but Sunoco was allowed to conduct work needed in case of safety or environmental problems. That included inspections and maintenance work.
Energy Transfer is building two additional 350-mile-long pipelines to carry additional natural gas liquids from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The two pipelines have run into strong local opposition, legal challenges, fines from state regulators, temporary shutdown orders and problems including sinkholes and contaminated wells and streams.
One of the pipelines began service last December and the second could begin service in 2020.
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