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Court Rules in Favor of Sunoco's Mariner-2 Pipeline Expansion

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   |    Friday,July 15,2016

A Pennsylvania court has ruled in favor of Sunoco Logistics' proposed Mariner-2 pipeline expansion project.

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Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. issued the following statement regarding today’s Commonwealth Court decision: Today, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decisively affirmed a lower court decision that Sunoco Pipeline L.P. (Sunoco Pipeline) is a public utility corporation, as determined by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, and that the company’s Mariner East 2 project provides a public service to Pennsylvanians.

The court further ruled that Sunoco Pipeline has the right to exercise the power of eminent domain, as authorized by Pennsylvania law. The Court’s decision reaffirms every decision by lower courts across Pennsylvania as to Sunoco Pipeline’s status as a public utility corporation. The issue has been previously decided by lower courts stretching from Southwest through South Central to Southeast Pennsylvania.

Although this case confirmed Sunoco Pipeline’s public utility status, we have always worked with landowners to reach mutually acceptable agreements, and pursued legal proceedings only in those instances where an agreement could not be reached. We believe negotiation is better than litigation, and that landowners receive more favorable terms and compensation as a result of easements that are negotiated rather than litigated.

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