WEST CHESTER (July 30) – State Senator Andy Dinniman applauded the initial decision handed down by the PUC on Wednesday for West Goshen and its residents and against Sunoco Pipeline, L.P..

The company wants to add pump and valve stations to an existing pipeline that cuts through West Goshen, Chester County and across Pennsylvania and argued that it was a public utility and thus exempt from local regulation of such buildings.

On Wednesday, PUC Administrative Law Judges David A. Salapa and Elizabeth H. Barnes rejected that argument by ruling that Sunoco is not a public utility and thus is not exempt from local zoning approval for the pump station it wants to build on its pipeline near Boot Road in West Goshen.

“This ruling recognizes local control and the important role local zoning plays in protecting the quality of life of our residents, and such recognition is most welcome,” said Dinniman, who in April stated his opposition to Sunoco’s plan. Sunoco’s Mariner East Pipeline passes through West Whiteland, part of Dinniman’s senatorial district. “Now it’s our job to continue to stand up for residents’ rights as this initial decision goes through its upcoming reviews.”

The parties in this PUC case will file replies and counter-replies to this decision by August 19 and August 29, respectively. The five PUC commissioners will then decide whether to accept, reject or modify the judges’ decision. Any appeal after that will go to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

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