Pennsylvania rejects bid to reverse flow on Laurel Pipeline

July 12, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania utility regulators are rejecting an application by a Houston-based pipeline operator to reverse the flow of refined fuels on a portion of the Laurel Pipeline.

The Public Utility Commission voted 5-0 on Thursday to uphold an administrative law judge’s recommendation that it reject Buckeye Partners’ application to reverse the flow to go west to east on the Altoona-to-Pittsburgh section of the 350-mile pipeline.

Buckeye had sought the permission to reverse the flow on that section to bring fuels from Midwest refiners to customers farther east in Pennsylvania.

But Philadelphia-area refiners and in-state distributors had warned that reversing the flow would mean higher prices and less competition that benefits out-of-state refiners and hurts in-state consumers.

Buckeye is seeking federal permission to make service bi-directional along the section.

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