New Chester County lawsuit seeks to kick pipeline construction to the curb

Kim Glovas
February 01, 2019 - 5:38 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temporary easements put into place by Sunoco when it started the Mariner East pipeline project a few years ago may be expiring. A lawsuit was filed today in Chester County by a developer who wants Sunoco off its property.

State Sen. Andy Dinniman says attorneys for the Hankin Group filed a lawsuit in County Common Pleas Court, asking Sunoco to leave four of its properties, where construction is underway.

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"Hankin, which is one of the most responsible developers in Chester County, had an 18-month negotiated settlement with Sunoco. The 18 months is up, and Sunoco has to get its materials off of the property."

The lawsuit also calls for Sunoco to restore the properties to what they looked like in the beginning.

The properties are four apartment complexes located across the county. Dinniman says this is a significant action in the timeline of the project.

"The business communities, along with our schools, along with our various units of government and so many of our residents have now all come together and said 'You've been a bad neighbor. If you want to get it done, do it right and do it safely,'” Dinniman said.

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Mariner East has been plagued by problems from the beginning, including crews striking aquifers, sinkholes opening up on homeowners properties and water contamination.

When asked about the story, Sunoco officials tell KYW Newsradio that they do not comment on pending litigation.