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Sunoco Pipeline violated noise law in East Goshen, Southeast PA

From an Article by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, West Chester, PA, March 19, 2018

EAST GOSHEN >> Sunoco Pipeline was found guilty March 13 in district court of exceeding allowable noise levels during pipeline construction.

District Judge Thomas Tartaglio, of District Court 15-1-02, found Sunoco guilty of exceeding permissible noise levels in a residential community on seven instances occurring between October 11 and December 15. The judge found in favor of Sunoco on two other dates.

The township financed a study by Pennoni, a noise testing service, to test at a site of drilling for the Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline, near the Giant Market, at the Hershey’s Mill subdivision.

Sunoco was fined $1,000, plus costs, for each of seven violations for exceeding township ordinances limiting noise levels to 60 dBA, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The testimony presented by the testing firm showed that Sunoco was well over the threshold of the ordinance. Testing showed, noise levels reached more than 70 dBAs at the residential development.

Sunoco has attempted to remediate the situation by placing sound barriers at the site.

Township Supervisor Marty Shane said if Sunoco chooses it might appeal to the Court of Common Pleas. Depending on the outcome, either side might then appeal to Commonwealth Court.

“We had worked closely with Sunoco during the entire process,” Shane said. “It’s unfortunate that we had to cite them for the noise violations. “Our residents have been very patient; however, they are beginning to run out of patience.”

When asked for comment, Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields said that Sunoco Pipeline’s policy is to not comment on pending legal matters.

Plans call for the now-under-construction Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline to stretch 350 miles from Marcellus Shale deposits in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to the former Sunoco Refinery in Marcus Hook, Delaware County. The pipeline would carry highly volatile liquids within feet of senior care centers, schools and homes, through densely populated Delaware and Chester counties.

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy and Consumer Protection and Licensure Committees will hold a joint public hearing on pipeline safety, Tuesday, March 20 at 11 a.m.

The hearing will take place in Hearing Room No. 1 of the North Office Building in Harrisburg.

Mariner East 2 goes thru farmland & suburbs

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Rover Pipeline in Tyler County could be your backyard

“Stick this in your pipeline”

Editorial of Morgantown Dominion Post, Sunday, March 18, 2018

The cliche goes, hope springs eternal. Perhaps never more than when winter winds down and we can work and play outside, again. Yet, somewhere between the first buds of spring and the still-leafless trees, our hopes are dashed.

When we begin looking around outside to see how wild, wonderful West Virginia fared, we’re often shocked.

Litter, trash dumps, debris in our waterways and other scars on the landscape become painfully evident. Soon, another not exactly aesthetically pleasing sight will be visible threading through our state: Pipeline construction.

On March 5, one such pipeline was slapped with a cease-and-desist order by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The Rover Pipeline traverses part of Doddridge County, the width of Tyler County and a corner of Wetzel County before crossing the Ohio River.

It is intersected in Ohio by a similar span from southwestern Pennsylvania, then slices diagonally across Ohio and on into Michigan. The DEP also cited this pipeline project owners in July for other violations, but apparently our regard for our state didn’t take hold.

This 713-mile project is reportedly 99 percent complete, but until it resolves the latest cluster of 14 violations, construction on the West Virginia section is halted.

It’s important to note here, this action by the DEP comes as two other major pipeline projects — the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley — get set to begin construction on their 300- and 600-miles lengths, respectively. At least one more major pipeline project is on the drawing board too, and not far behind.

These pipelines transport massive amounts of natural gas daily from processing plants in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Some of our state’s residents and even one longtime extraction industry often don’t bat an eye at environmental devastation. However, we warn pipeline construction companies that their excesses will be noticed and they should comply with regulations, or else. Or else this newspaper and other media outlets, nonprofits, citizens and, we hope, our state’s regulators will keep them under a microscope.

The construction of these pipeline projects was inevitable, but there can be no doubt, either, that they are built and maintained responsibly. No corporation and no one has the right to break state and federal rules that serve to protect our state.

We live here and we value our environment as much, or maybe more, than we do our natural resources, including natural gas. Keeping West Virginia wild and wonderful in the face of vast pipeline construction will not be easy.

But this recent skirmish should signal these corporations that the whole state is watching.


Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program

Free Webinar: Learn to Detect and Report Water Quality Impacts from Pipelines

The Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program was developed by Trout Unlimited and West Virginia Rivers Coalition to support and train volunteer citizen observers to identify, document and report pollution incidents associated with large-scale pipeline development.

Through a series of free webinars, volunteers will learn about erosion control best management practices used in pipeline development, specific examples of pollution to look for, and how to best document those problems. After the webinar, volunteer observers will be able to report pollution incidents to TU and WV Rivers. To learn more, visit the program webpage.

To participate in the program, please register for one of our free webinar trainings. Register for the webinar in the state you plan to monitor:
WV Specific Webinar: Tuesday, March 27th – 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Register here.

For more information, please contact Jake Lemon, TU’s Eastern Angler Science Coordinator, at


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Monroe County (WV) Judge Considers Injunction Against Tree Sitters

March 18, 2018

WV judge to grant injunction to prevent protesters from sitting in trees From an Article by Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Times, March 13, 2018 UNION, W.Va. — A judge said Tuesday he will grant an injunction to prevent two protesters from sitting in trees, where for the past two weeks they have complicated plans to build [...]

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‘Somebody’s Up There Sittin’ in a Tree’ on Peters Mountain

March 18, 2018

A Look at the Ongoing Pipeline Protest on the VA & WV Border From an Article by Nancy Andrews, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, March 16, 2018 Since late February, a small group of people have been quietly perched in two trees atop Peters Mountain in Monroe County. They are so remote, few have seen or [...]

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Five Mothers Arrested in Maryland Protesting Governor Hogan’s Support for Potomac Pipeline

March 17, 2018

“Hogan pipeline”: Five mothers arrested protesting fracked-gas plan at State House From the Press Release of Denise Robbins and Brooke Harper; Chesapeake Climate Action Network, March 12,2018 Summary — In a peaceful action called “Mothers Protecting Mother Earth,” five mothers from Maryland and West Virginia blocked the steps of the Maryland State House outside Governor [...]

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The Adverse Tenacle$ of Fracking Encroach Month After Month

March 16, 2018

Still another forgotten expense of fracking (externalized costs) Essay by S. Tom Bond, Resident Farmer and Retired Chemistry Professor, Lewis County, WV Anyone who is honest must admit fracking has a lot of externalized costs – that is, the real costs of the enterprise that are put off on others than the industry which does [...]

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Two Significant Natural Gas Bills Now Law in West Virginia

March 15, 2018

Governor Justice signs natural gas bills dealing with owners’ rights From an Article by Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews, March 09, 2018 CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has signed HB-4268, a bill dealing with the rights of multiple owners on a single piece of property. “This co-tenancy law will allow for oil and gas development [...]

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“Stop-Construction” Order Issued for Sherwood Lateral of Rover Pipeline

March 14, 2018

WV DEP orders Rover Pipeline to stop construction, citing multiple violations By Kate Mishkin, Charleston Gazette-Mail, March 13, 2018 State regulators have slapped a cease and desist order on a natural gas pipeline, citing multiple water pollution violations, according to a letter made public by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The 713-mile-long Rover [...]

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Dominion’s ACP Pipeline to Co$t Virginia Ratepayer$ Over Two Billion

March 13, 2018

Virginia Board Confirms: Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline Could Cost Virginians up to $2.3 billion Press Release from Jake Thompson and Elizabeth Heyd, Natural Resources Defense Council, March 12, 2018 WASHINGTON (March 12, 2018) –Virginia’s top economic watchdog today validated expert analysis showing that Dominion Energy’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline could cost Virginia ratepayers up to [...]

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Who Benefits from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) Money Train?

March 12, 2018

Documents reveal immense outreach on Atlantic Coast Pipeline From an Article by Sarah Rankin, Associated Press, March 8, 2018 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Civic leaders in town after town along the 600-mile (966-kilometer) route of a proposed natural gas project have posed for similar photographs, smiling and accepting poster-sized checks from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. [...]

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