Sauder Schelkopf is investigating litigation against Energy Transfer LP, manager of the Mariner 1 pipeline. It has been reported that a five foot wide and ten foot deep sinkhole emerged in the backyard of a West Whiteland Township home in Chester County, Pennsylvania on Sunday, January 20, 2019. A broken water-drainage system associated with Mariner East 1 is believed to be the cause of the sinkhole behind the single-family home. It was further reported that the “10-foot-deep sinkhole appeared less than a year after the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ordered pipeline operations to halt when sinkholes were found in the same neighborhood of single-family homes. The pipeline resumed operation last May.” The Mariner East 1 was shut down in March 2018 by a PUC-issued emergency order when sinkholes appeared on Lisa Drive. The PUC lifted that emergency order two months later. “In December 2018, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan announced that his office had opened a criminal investigation into the Mariner East pipeline, citing the sinkholes on Lisa Drive, contaminated water, and ‘not so subtle bullying’ of local residents.”
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