West Goshen Township has requested an emergency order to block Sunoco Pipeline from constructing a valve station for its Mariner East 2 natural-gas liquids pipeline at a location on Boot Road east of Route 202 that the township says violates a 2015 agreement.
The Chester County municipality filed the 135-page petition Monday with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the latest in a longstanding legal conflict with Sunoco over the pipeline. It says the valve station should be located next to an existing site on Boot Road on the opposite side of Route 202, where Sunoco operates a pump station for its Mariner East 1 pipeline.
Sunoco’s attorneys on Monday asked the PUC to reject the township’s request for an emergency order, saying it had notified the township of plans to relocate the facility to the second location because it would be “more prudent and safe.” Sunoco says the relocation complies with the 2015 agreement with the township.
The flare-up in West Goshen, where residents are among the most fiercely opposed to the Mariner project, is the latest in a series of legal clashes Sunoco has encountered over its $2.5 billion, 350-mile-long project to transport gas liquids like propane from Marcellus Shale fields in Western Pennsylvania to a terminal in Marcus Hook.
Last week, construction of the pipeline impaired the private water wells of a dozen homes in Chester County, at least temporarily.