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State issues $95,000 penalty against Sunoco Logistics for wastewater spills

Sunoco Logistics is facing a $95,366 civil penalty related to a series of wastewater spills during construction of a portion of the company’s Mariner East pipeline in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The civil penalty, outlined in a consent decree issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection on June 12, said the spills occurred between June and November 2014 in Westmoreland, Allegheny and Washington counties.

According to the consent decree, Sunoco failed to stabilize areas “at various locations along the Mariner East pipeline” and “allowed sediment laden runoff from locations along the Mariner East pipeline to discharge into waters of the Commonwealth.”

Sunoco must also pay $1,012 to the Washington County Conservation District and $894 to the Allegheny County Conservation District.

Sunoco Logistics, which is headquartered in Philadelphia, operates pipeline networks throughout the country.

The company is re-purposing and expanding Mariner East 1, a crude pipeline that spans 300 miles between Delmont in Westmoreland County and Marcus Hook.

The pipeline will be able to ship about 70,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale region of Western Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook facility on the eastern side of the state. The project includes building a new pipeline from Houston, Pa., to Delmont.

Related: Pipeline firm documents reveal chaos after Santa Barbara County spill.

This article was written by Stephanie Ritenbaugh from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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