Judge's order, citing danger, shuts down Sunoco pipelines

HARRISBURG, Pa. - An administrative law judge is shutting down work on a natural gas liquids pipeline that stretches across Pennsylvania, saying Sunoco Pipeline has failed to take reasonable steps to warn people and protect them from danger.

The state Public Utility Commission judge ruled the company must stop work on the Mariner East 2 pipeline and halt the use of Mariner East 1 to transport liquid fuels.

Sunoco said it plans to appeal the judge's decision, saying it is a departure from law and due process procedures and that the entire energy industry should be concerned about the order.

The judge said Democratic state Sen. Andy Dinniman, who sought the ruling, showed the company's drilling practices are putting water supplies at risk.

Work is nearly complete on the 350-mile-long Mariner East 2 pipeline to carry propane, butane and ethane from western Pennsylvania through southern Berks County to a terminal near Philadelphia.

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