Mariner East’s latest mishaps

  • Emily Previti

Bill Cosby’s appeal seeking a new trial is in court in Harrisburg today. If you haven’t listened before, check out the “Cosby: Unraveled” podcast from WHYY’s Annette John-Hall and Lindsay Lazarski. Episodes get into the broader significance of — and questions provoked by — Cosby’s case.  -Emily Previti, Newsletter Producer/Reporter

‘It sounded like a bomb going off’

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A sinkhole that opened up in January was surrounded by orange plastic fencing outside a suburban home at Lisa Drive in West Whiteland Township, Chester County.

  • Two constables who were working as private security guards on the Mariner East project are being accused of bribery and other ethical violations. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan has been investigating the project since last winter. Jon Hurdle has the latest with this StateImpact Pennsylvania story on the arrests.

  • Some people living near the pipeline panicked — and a few called 911, CBS reported — when it backfired last week. Sunoco officials told Jon no natural gas liquids were released during the incident, which happened when the pipeline was offline for maintenance. They wouldn’t explain why it happened. But pipeline experts told Jon the likely cause was “the relighting of a pilot in a flare used … for burning off excess gases, at a time when vapor had accumulated there.”

  • These issues are but a few in a succession of violations, delays and other problems that have plagued the $2.5 billion Mariner East project, meant to expand capacity of Sunoco natural gas liquid pipelines traversing 17 counties in Pennsylvania. StateImpact Pennsylvania has more than 200 stories on the project, all archived here.

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Stick-frame homes clad in new materials are changing the look of Third Street in Northern Liberties. (PlanPhilly)

  • Critics of new construction in Philadelphia say metal, vinyl and other materials used for structures built during the past few decades are “flimsy” compared to older buildings made of brick, Steph Yin and Jake Blumgart report. Steph and Jake’s story also explores why brick fell out of favor among builders.

  • A Snyder County modular home manufacturer has purchased nearby furniture factory Wood-Mode Inc., giving more than 900 people their jobs back weeks after the former owners moved to close the facility. John Beauge has this update for PennLive.

  • A recently retired Luzerne County police officer faces rape by forcible compulsion, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, oppression and other charges for allegedly using his position to coerce multiple women into having sex while he was working during a more than year-long timeframe. The Times-Leader has been following this story. Read their latest here.


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