Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mike Faherty Speaks at Pipeline Awareness Meeting

Mike Faherty, of Faherty Law Firm in Hershey, PA was the featured speaker at the March 10, 2015 meeting of the Cumberland and Perry Pipeline Awareness meeting in New Cumberland. He explained the nature of the Constitutional protections of private property rights. He reviewed the March 5, 2015 Sunoco Pipeline Petition for Leave to Withdraw Pleadings. That action is expected to be approved and slightly weaken the questionable arguments by Sunoco Pipeline for eminent domain power for the Mariner East 2 Pipeline.

Mike reviewed survey intrusion on property rights along with just compensation calculations. Mike represents a growing number of the owners threatened by the Sunoco Pipeline Mariner East 2 proposal.

By |March 13th, 2015|Categories: Condemnation, Eminent domain, Pipeline Construction|

Sunoco Pipeline Submits Petition to Withdraw Pleadings

On March 5, 2015 Sunoco Pipeline submitted a Petition for Leave to Withdraw Pleadings for the nine remaining petitions which sought findings that the Mariner East 1 pipeline pump stations were exempt from local zoning. Sunoco Pipeline alleged that it had obtained approval from the remaining townships or decided to re-engineer the pump stations such that the pump stations buildings would not be required. If the withdrawal is approved by the PUC judges, a delay and a litigation risk would be eliminated for Sunoco Pipeline.

The approval of the withdraw of the petitions would appear to moot, or eliminate, prior rulings of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. These events appear to eliminate at least one Sunoco Pipeline argument for eminent domain power for the proposed Mariner East 2 Pipeline.

By |March 12th, 2015|Categories: Eminent domain, Pipeline Construction, Property Rights|

Faherty Law Office Opens – Specializing in Eminent Domain for Pennsylvania Land Owners

On February 28, 2015 Mike Faherty relocated his eminent domain law practice from a Harrisburg law firm to Faherty Law Firm, 75 Cedar Avenue, Hershey PA 17033. Mike may be reached at or at (717) 256-3000. Mike will continue his protection of private property rights in Pennsylvania with his associate attorney Tara B. Horvath. Mike continues in his service as the Pennsylvania representative of the Owners Counsel of America.

Mike will also continue as author on his blog to keep property owners up-to-date with relevant issues concerning Eminent Domain in Pennsylvania. This blog may be found here on

By |March 12th, 2015|Categories: News|

Lebanon Pipeline Awareness Meeting

On February 26, 2015 Mike Faherty attended the meeting of Lebanon Pipeline Awareness. Mike spoke at his alma mater, Lebanon Valley on property rights threatened by private pipelines crossing Pennsylvania. He explained weak eminent domain arguments by Sunoco Pipeline concerning the proposed Mariner East 2 Pipeline. He discussed likely federal approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of the Williams Company proposed Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline. He advised skepticism as a proper response to assertions of representatives of pipeline companies. Mike suggests legal representation by an experienced eminent domain attorney.

By |March 12th, 2015|Categories: Pipeline Construction|

Mariner East 1 Update

Mike Faherty attended the February 10, 2015 prehearing conference held by Pennsylvania Utility Commission Judges Salapa and Barnes. Sunoco Pipeline, without explanation, withdrew 22 of the 31 pending petitions. Those petitions sought a finding that the proposed Mariner East 1 Pipeline pump stations were exempt from local zoning ordinances. The Judges provided a litigation schedule of many months for public hearings and litigation on the remaining nine petitions.

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Pipeline Construction|

Atlantic Sunrise

Attorney Mike Faherty, below right, the founding attorney of Faherty Law Firm, attended a Lebanon County presentation by Williams Company concerning the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. A company representative indicated plans for 50 foot wide permanent pipeline easements and 75 foot wide temporary easements. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is reviewing a pipeline proposal. Williams Company is expected to attempt to purchase easements based on linear foot calculations. In truth, property owners at entitled to just compensation as defined by before minus after value as damages per the Pennsylvania Eminent Domain Code.

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Pipeline Construction|

Cox v. Sunoco

Mike Faherty’s litigation on behalf of property owners progressed to where a Washington County Judge provided an additional stay, or delay, in the consolidation cases to allow for the parties to resolve the cases. The cases with property owner representation by Attorney Mike Faherty have progressed to written resolutions. The property owners agreed to modified and restricted easement language with large financial settlements. Cox v. Sunoco and the related consolidated cases fully resolved, without a decision on eminent domain power, in September of 2014.

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Pipeline Construction|

Update: Mariner East 1 Decision

A July 2014 ruling of a Pennsylvania Public Utility Judge favored property owners by finding that the Sunoco Logistics Mariner East 1 project does not qualify as a public utility corporation and accordingly, would not obtain eminent domain power. The ruling relied, in part, on the Mike Faherty litigation victory in Loper v. Sunoco in which a York County Judge adopted Mike Faherty’s argument that the pipeline was regulated as a “common carrier” not as a public utility corporation.

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Pipeline Construction|

PUC overturns Judges decision on Sunoco Logistics

The initial Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission decision concerning the Sunoco Logistics Mariner East (1) pipeline was that the proposal did not qualify as a public utility. In October of 2014 a 4-1 vote of the Public Utility Commission allowed the repurposing of that pipeline to move forward with a remand to the original PUC Judge to decide on the applicability of zoning restrictions to pump stations.

Update: Mike Faherty attended the February 2015 scheduling hearing on the zoning remand. Most of the petitions were withdrawn, leaving nine pump stations at issue for an evidence schedule which may lead to a decision in late 2015.
Sunoco pipeline: PUC overturns judge’s decision, sends pipeline back for further review
Sunoco Logistics’ Marcus Hook facility outside of Philadelphia. (AP)
By Nick Malawskey |







Sunoco Logistics’ proposed 300-mile pipeline project, Mariner East, which cuts through much of the midstate, is headed toward another round of hearings.

In a 4-1 vote Thursday the Public Utility Commission ruled to overturn an administrative […]

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Pipeline Construction|

The Pipeline Safety T C Landowners Guide – Pipeline Safety Trust

Mike Faherty served as a contributing author to the Landowners Guide published by the Pipeline Safety Trust. This accurate booklet provides very helpful and extensive information for property owners. To view this guide click here.

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Property Rights|