Fringe Bloggers Spread Misconceptions on Pipeline Oversight

Throughout energy infrastructure developments, professional protestors and fringe activist bloggers have spread misconceptions about pipeline construction and linked regulatory oversight. Most recently, bloggers have asserted that given incidents in Ohio leading the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pause pipeline construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) should follow suit. Energy oversight does not work like this. Assertions of arbitrary delays to construction based on regional incidents fundamentally misunderstand distinctions between the organizations in question – and between the conditions surrounding the respective pipelines.