Otten seeks to prevent pre-emption and empower local governments with new amendment

Otten seeks to prevent pre-emption and empower local governments with new amendment

In the absence of new state laws that would strengthen oversight of pipeline development in southeastern Pennsylvania, Rep. Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester) hopes that a constitutional amendment granting more power to municipalities could be the answer to combatting pipeline development in her community.

Faced with the construction of the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline in her own community, Otten wants to add a “local self-government” amendment to the state constitution that would provide local government bodies with the power to enact laws that withstand state attempts to supersede them.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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DEP, environmental groups reach settlement on Mariner East 2 permitting

DEP, environmental groups reach settlement on Mariner East 2 permitting

Legal wrangling over the flashpoint Mariner East 2 piepline’s permitting was finally resolved Friday, as the Department of Environmental Protection announced it had reached a settlement with suing environmental groups.

The Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council, as well as two other state environmental groups, had originally sued the commonwealth’s main environmental regulatory agency in February 2017, claiming that DEP had issued permits off of incomplete applications.

Friday, July 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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As pipelines spur outrage, House Republicans seek solutions

As pipelines spur outrage, House Republicans seek solutions

Surrounded by the suburban homes of Delaware County and the occasional path of freshly torn earth, the House Republican Policy Committee met earlier this week to discuss pipeline safety.

The meeting was sparked by a drum beat of opposition from southeastern state residents who worry that natural gas pipelines being built near their homes, schools and businesses are unsafe.

Thursday, July 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senate advances pipeline commission bill while construction halts again on Mariner East 2

Senate advances pipeline commission bill while construction halts again on Mariner East 2

The state Public Utility Commission order construction halted on the nearly complete Mariner East 2 pipeline Thursday.

Their decision comes as the Senate moved a resolution, SR 373, out of committee earlier this week to dive deeper into pipeline policies and enforcement.

Thursday, June 14, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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