For Immediate Release
June 14, 2018
HARRISBURG - PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the Public Utility Commission’s vote to restart operations of the Mariner East 1 pipeline. The project was previously shut down following an injunction by an administrative law judge. Earlier this week, the PA Chamber sent a letter to the PUC raising concerns that the administrative law judge set aside long-standing precedent for granting an injunction; along with the fact that much of the material included in the judge’s opinion was never introduced into the record.
"We share the Public Utility Commission's priorities of promoting economic development and ensuring the safe transmission of energy in the state and thus are pleased the Commissioners have voted to allow operations of the existing Mariner East 1 line to resume. As the Commissioners noted, no new evidence was presented to the administrative judge that would justify such a shutdown. We also remain concerned with the precedent set by the administrative judge in granting standing to an elected official who was not directly affected by the project."
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