Commonwealth Court Vacates PUC Approval of Controversial Reliability Station

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SPRINGFIELD, PA — On Friday, the Commonwealth Court issued an opinion vacating the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) approval of PECO’s reliability station in Marple stating that the PUC failed to uphold its duty to determine the environmental impacts of the station. The approval is referred back to the PUC to be amended with an environmental impact study.

Senator Tim Kearney (D-Delaware) and Representative Jennifer O’Mara (D-Delaware) issued the following statement in response to the decision:

“While this decision may not be what community members may have wanted in full, we applaud the Commonwealth Court for holding PECO and the PUC accountable for the potential environmental impacts that the reliability station will have on Marple and its residents. We support the court’s precedent upholding the environmental rights of our citizens, placing safety above swiftness. PECO must take more due diligence instead of rushing into this.

“All of us will be watching the PUC’s decision closely as it reviews the effect that the reliability station will have on the community.”

The Marple Township Reliability Station is intended to be an innovative new piece of PECO infrastructure designed to provide safe and reliable natural gas services to customers and communities in Delaware County. With 11.5 miles of new gas main and a robust receiving point, it is expected to enable PECO to not only continue providing trusted services to its customers, but also meet their expanding demands and needs.

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