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Friday, July 1, 2011

Fired Arkansas Worker Accused Of Damaging Gas Pipeline

Man Indicted for Allegedly Damaging a

Marcellus Shale Pipeline
United States Attorney Peter J. Smith today announced the return of a two-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg against Henry Virgil Benton charging him with damaging a Marcellus Shale natural gas pipeline in Cogan House Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania in June 2011.

The indictment alleges that after being fired from the company which constructed the pipeline, Benton, of Bradford, Arkansas, used a track hoe to excavate the pipeline and then damage, dent and open holes in it. According to the indictment the pipeline is owned by Chief Oil and Gas, LLC, a Dallas, Texas company. The construction contractor was Holloman Corporation, Houston, Texas.

If convicted on all the charges against him, Benton, age 44, faces a maximum imprisonment term of 40 years, a five-year period of supervised release, a fine of up to $500,000, and a special assessment of $200. More...


Anonymous said...

40 years !!! ???

Don't people get less that that for killing people?

Anonymous said...

Dude this is a Marcellus pipeline... He might get the death penelty !