Vance urges PUC to reject Sunoco public utility request

Pennsylvania State Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) urged the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on April 14 to reject a request from Sunoco Pipeline to become an official public utility.

Vance told the commission that if Sunoco's request was approved, the company's pipelines, pump stations and valve control stations would be exempt from local zoning and development regulations.

Sunoco has sought to transport propane and ethane from the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions in western Pennsylvania across the state through an existing pipeline - a project dubbed Mariner East. Some new pipelines and updates to the existing pipeline would be required.

The pipeline will transport propane and ethane to the facility in Marcus Hook on the Delaware River, where an estimated 70,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids will be processed, stored and exported.

Vance said three areas in her district - Fairview Township in York County, and Hampden and Lower Frankford Townships in Cumberland County - would be affected by the project. She joins State Sens. Andy Dinniman (D-19) and John Rafferty (R-44) in opposition of the request.

"I believe my constituents deserve to be heard and municipalities to have the ability to enforce local ordinances," Vance said. "It is unknown how quickly the [commission] will hear Sunoco's request. This in no way is meant to negate the progress of the natural gas infrastructure in our area, but only that companies should abide by local zoning ordinances in doing so."

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