State regulators put the brakes on 2 liquid pipelines

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Lawmakers have stopped the work on two liquids pipelines under construction, but have allowed a third line to resume normal operations.

Kallanish Energy reports that the recent orders came from the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) regarding the Mariner East 1 and 2 pipelines, in two 3-2 commission votes.

Construction on the two Mariner East 2 pipelines remains halted in Chester County, Pa. The Mariner East 1 pipeline is allowed to resume transporting natural gas liquids to Marcus Hook near Philadelphia. It had been ordered shut down until the PUC could determine its operations were safe. The three pipelines run side-by-side across 17 counties in southern Pennsylvania.

The $2.5 billion Mariner East 2, designed to handle 345,000 barrels per day, will stretch 350 miles across southern Pennsylvania.

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