DEP cites Sunoco for Mariner East leaks, including two in the midstate

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 22, 2017 2:44 AM

Crews place pipe for the Sunoco Mariner East pipeline along Tice Lane in Cornwall Borough as construction on Sunoco's Mariner East pipeline continued on Friday, June 16, 2017. (Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News)

(Philadelphia) -- Pennsylvania regulators are citing Sunoco for a three recent leaks during its construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project.

The Department of Environmental Protection last week issued violation notices for two leaks of drilling fluid on Nov. 11, in Chester and Berks counties.

One caused a 6-foot diameter sinkhole in a backyard.

The other involved using an unauthorized method to go underneath a waterway.

The third citation is for a Nov. 10 leak in a Dauphin County wetland.

Construction is underway on the 350-mile pipeline that will run through several midstate counties -- Dauphin, Cumberland, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, York and Berks  -- and terminates in Marcus Hook.

It's expected to be completed sometime next year.

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