Opponents of Sunoco’s Mariner East II pipeline are requesting that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) extend the time for taking public comments on the proposed project.
The DEP is set to stop taking public comments on the line in just eight days, and landowners and environmentalists believe they were not given enough time for commenting on the pipeline that would transport natural gas liquids from the Macellus and Utica Shales to destinations in Pennsylvania.
Supporters of the pipeline believe the project will bring work to the area as well as boost Pennsylvania’s manufacturing and energy economies. Supporters of the line argued at a public hearing at the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex that the time for public comments had been drawn out long enough already.
The DEP will hold one more public hearing on August 18 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Sunoco is waiting for a permit approval from the DEP that would allow the pipeline to be built near waterways.