Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that Sunoco Pipeline L.P., and ETC Northeast Pipeline LLC (ETC), both subsidiaries of Energy Transfer, L.P. (Energy Transfer), were convicted of criminal charges related to their conduct during the construction of two major pipelines in Pennsylvania.
Energy Transfer L.P.
Mariner East 2 Pipeline, which crosses 17 counties in the southern tier of Pennsylvania, and Revolution Pipeline, a 42.5 mile pipeline that starts in Butler County, and is routed through Beaver and Allegheny counties, and connects to a gas processing plant in Washington County. As part of the agreement, Energy Transfer will pay for independent evaluations of potential water quality impacts for homeowners from the construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline and offer approved mechanisms for restoring or replacing the impacted private water supplies. An independent, professional geologist will review water testing and advise on water quality and impact. Energy Transfer will also pay $10 million towards projects that improve the health and safety of water sources along the routes of the pipelines.
Clean Air and Pure Water
“We have a constitutional right in Pennsylvania to clean air and pure water,” said AG Shapiro. “It’s a right that was enshrined in our state constitution at a time when the people of Pennsylvania learned a tough lesson first-hand — the health of our children, and our economic future, depended on protecting our environment from reckless profit and unchecked corporate interests. Today we’re upholding our oath to our constitution and holding Energy Transfer accountable for their crimes against our natural resources.”
The plea agreement entered into today by Energy Transfer is a huge win for the people of Delaware County. I want to thank Attorney General Shapiro for leading this joint investigation and his tireless efforts to bring this powerful corporation to justice for the damage it did to our communities, our residents and our environment,” said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer.
The Delaware County District Attorney’s office was the first to refer the Mariner East 2 Pipeline investigation to the Office of Attorney General and assigned a prosecutor from their Environmental Crimes Unit to work on this case.