|  Christine Marie Nielsen

News Reports: Sinkholes Prompt Pa. Regulators to Stop Gas Flow on Sunoco ME1 Pipeline

News reports indicate the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) granted an emergency order Wednesday to stop the flow of natural gas liquids (NGLs) on Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East 1 (ME1) pipeline.

According to the reports, the PUC said Sunoco’s construction of two sister pipelines, Mariner East 2 (ME2) and 2X, were creating sinkholes in pipeline construction areas, and that keeping the ME1 pipeline active while builder Sunoco and regulators assess its integrity creates a public safety hazard.

Sunoco will be required to perform a series of tests on a two-mile portion of the line and submit the results to the PUC. The pipeline is expected to stay off-line for up to two weeks,...

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