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- State of the State
Charging a 2-cent per-bag fee would have little impact on use, according to an advocate in New Jersey. Legislators in that state just introduced a stronger bill banning plastics than one the governor vetoed last year, saying it didn’t go far enough.
The company vowed not to make those mistakes again. But critics of the project in southeastern Pennsylvania said it’s too late for the people who are living near the pipelines.
Continued problems with Sunoco’s Mariner East project, and the company’s failure to fix problems related to a line in western Pennsylvania, have raised the profile of legislation that has stalled in the past.
Sinkholes in early 2018 exposed a section of Mariner East 1, prompting a Public Utility Commission administrative law judge to shut down the pipe and halt construction of two new lines, citing an “imminent risk” to the public.
After multiple delays, Sunoco has said it is on target to start operations of the controversial pipeline by end of 2018.
The district attorney said a recent pipeline explosion in Beaver County, and a visit to see where sinkholes opened last year at a pipeline construction site, prompted him to act.