Sunoco pays $85,000 for spills in four counties

Written by on August 19, 2021

Sunoco pays $85,000 for spills in four counties

By Rachel McDevitt / StateImpact Pennslyvania

August 19, 2021

A Mariner East 2 construction site in rural Pennsylvania. Photo | Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA

Pennsylvania’s environmental regulator is levying an $85,666 penalty against Sunoco for issues with its Mariner East project in four counties last year.

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The agreement between Sunoco and the Department of Environmental Protection covers 13 drilling fluid spills in Blair, Cumberland, Juniata, and Lebanon counties.

The spills released a total of 412 gallons of industrial waste into wetlands and streams between February and August 2020. The sites include a wetland in Blair County, Letort Spring Run and wetlands in Cumberland County, a wetland and Tuscarora Creek in Juniata County, and Snitz Creek in Lebanon County.

DEP says all the spills were cleaned up in line with a 2018 revised construction plan.

Most of the penalty money, $84,500, will go to the state’s Clean Water Fund.

The Fish and Boat Commission will get $12,424. County conservation districts that helped with the investigations will get $1,166.

Sunoco has already paid half a million dollars in fines for spills in Lebanon County last year. Snitz Creek has seen dozens of problems since the Mariner East II project started.

Sunoco did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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