US District Court files Memorandum of Law in Support of US DOT Motion to Dismiss Sunoco Exemption Request
September 24, 2021 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia filed a Memorandum of Law in support of the US Department of Transportation's Motion to Dismiss Sunoco's request to be held exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. The attorneys for the US Department of Transportation filed a motion for dismissal of Sunoco's request to be held exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, and require the government to redact safety information about pipeline ruptures, due to their inability to allege and prove that the government has violated some law other than the FOIA. View the full memorandum.
Chester County Seeks Consultant to Develop Specialized Pipeline Hazard Emergency Plan
On August 16, 2021, the Department of Emergency Services, on behalf of the Chester County Commissioners, issued a Request for Proposal, to specialist contractors, for the development of a natural gas liquids pipeline hazard-specific section to be added to the Chester County Emergency Operations Plan. This addition will be specific to Energy Transfer and TEPPCO pipelines, as they present specific challenges relating to emergency response to communities.
Chester County Commissioners request stop to Energy Transfer's Mariner East 1 NGL Line due to sinkholes in West Whiteland Township
On Friday, July 16, 2021, the Chester County Board of Commissioners sent letters to both the Pennsylvania PUC and Energy Transfer requesting a cease in operations to the Mariner East 1 line, due to sinkholes that have occurred since the beginning of the year.
Energy Transfer Construction Activity in West Whiteland and Uwchlan Township
Energy Transfer recently notified residents along the Horizontal Directional Drill site360 in Uwchlan and West Whiteland Townships that there will soon be construction taking place for the installation of the 20-inch pipe along the 2,840 foot segment. If you are a landowner and have questions, ET requests that you contact your right of way agent. If you are not directly in the right of way, you can contact 855-430-4491. View the letter and map.
FERC Establishes Office of Public Participation
On June 24, 2021, FERC announced that a public report outlining the establishment of the Office of Public Participation has been created and that the Commission intends to hire a director and personnel later this year, with operations expanding to include outreach and assistance in 2022 and be fully operational by 2024. View the press release and other information.
Commissioners Establish Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (updated)
On December 12, 2019, the Chester County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to appoint the members of the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board. See the listing of Board members on page four of the Commissioners' meeting minutes.
The purpose of this Board is to bring together emergency response experts, municipal officials, industry representative, and members of the public who live along a pipeline right-of-way to review, discuss, and make recommendations to the Commissioners and county departments on how to ensure citizen safety when it comes to pipelines.