The Sinking Spring-based Sunoco Logistics has agreed to pay a fine of $95,000 for accidental drilling-fluid spills during the construction of the Mariner East pipeline in Pennsylvania.
According to a consent decree with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the six separate spills of a total of 1,000 gallons of nontoxic bentonite, also known as drilling mud, occurred in Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
According to the Observer-Reporter, one of the six spills resulted in the release of more than 5,000 gallons of industrial waste into Froman Run in Union Township 18th September, a spill that trailed for 1.6 miles and reached Mingo Creek. A second spill occurred on November the 7th and resulted in an undetermined amount of the waste reaching the Peters Creek streambank along Munntown Road in Eighty Four. The other spill in Washington County took place two days later, damaging a wetland and Linden Creek along Ross Road in Eighty Four. There was also a spill in Forward Township in Allegheny into Gillespie Run in September and two others last year in Westmoreland.
John Poister, the spokesman for the DEP said that the fine will be deposited into programs managed by the state’s Clean Water Fund.
Sunoco Logistics declined comment.
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