WEST CHESTER, PA — State Senator Andy Dinniman today issued the following statement on news reports that the FBI is investigating the issuing of construction permits for the Mariner East pipeline:
“From the very beginning and many times along the way, we have raised serious questions about the permitting process of the Mariner East pipeline project. I hope that this development sheds a bright light on those questions and more.”
Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that the FBI began a corruption investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration issued permits for construction of the multibillion-dollar pipeline project which is to carry highly volatile natural gas liquids across Pennsylvania.
According to the reporting, in recent weeks FBI agents interviewed both current or former state employees regarding the Mariner East project and the construction permits. The focus of the questioning revolves around permitting of the pipeline, whether Wolf and his administration forced environmental protection staff to approve construction permits, and whether Wolf or his administration received anything in return.
Currently, there are already existing investigations by Chester County’s district attorney, Tom Hogan, who started last December, and Pennsylvania’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, who began a criminal investigation this past March.
An Energy Transfer/Sunoco spokeswoman stated the FBI has yet to contact the company about the Mariner East pipelines.
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