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Thursday, November 12, 2015

DEP Reaches Penalty Agreement with Sunoco, L.P. for Wetlands Violations

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that Sunoco Pipeline, L.C. (Sunoco) paid DEP a $59,000 civil penalty as part of a settlement agreement for Sunoco’s violations of the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act that affected wetlands and streams in five southern Pennsylvania counties.

Inspections conducted by DEP between March 2014 and June 2015 found that Sunoco performed repair work to the Mariner East 1 Pipeline that impacted seven separate wetlands in Berks, Blair, Cumberland, Huntingdon, and Perry counties, installed a valve station in a floodway in Blair County, and impacted two small streams in Huntingdon County. 

Sunoco did not obtain the necessary permits prior to conducting the work at these locations. 

Construction, operation or maintenance of a water obstruction or encroachment without a permit is a violation of the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act.

“While maintenance work is a necessary part of proper pipeline operation, companies must ensure that important water resources like wetlands and small streams are protected,” said Lynn Langer, director of DEP’s South-central Region.

Sunoco subsequently obtained permit authorization for the aforementioned violations, in addition to all other stream, floodway, and wetland crossings as part of the Mariner East 1 project.

The Mariner East 1 is an eight-inch underground pipeline that runs between Westmoreland and Delaware counties.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish the cops would negotiate an agreement for me when I get a fine.

Anonymous said...

Sunoco sales in 2014 were over 18 BILLION dollars. Now think about this, If you had one million dollars and spent one dollar EVERY second it would last you about eleven (11) days, IF you had one Billion dollars and spent one dollar every second it would last you about 34 YEARS. That's the difference between a million and billion. So the fine is a drop in the bucket for Sunoco.

Anonymous said...

Exactly. It's part of their business model to pay fines rather than become compliant.

It's more profitable that way. Lets elect Bernie Sanders and make these problems ten times worse.