Pennsylvania law allows public utility corporations to use eminent domain power when the proposed use is “for the public”.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Corporation, Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement, issued a report requesting an emergency order to stop the use of Mariner East 1 for transportation of explosive natural gas ligquids.
Eminent domain power is available only for a public use with the need for certain property rights. Public use and the need are two issues raised in a county suit to protect property rights.
The Sunoco Pipeline Mariner East 2 pipeline construction as resulted in many spills and permit violations. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection warned Sunoco Pipeline and then suspended construction.
A new coalition formed by landowners in Pennsylvania wants to strengthen private property rights and lobby lawmakers to limit the use of eminent domain by natural gas pipeline companies working across the state.