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Energy Transfer's Mariner liquids pipe racks up more Pennsylvannia violations

That was the 56th notice of violation the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued the project since construction began in February 2017.


Reuters Last Updated at 12 Jun 2018, 18:06 IST United States
Energy Transfer's Mariner liquids pipe racks up more Pennsylvannia violations
  • Overall, the company has reported 101 spills into waters in the state and 88 spills in upland regions, according to the DEP, which included some spills on both waters and upland reports. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Monday issued another notice of violation to Energy Transfer Partners LP and temporarily stopped drilling at one spot on the Sunoco Mariner East 2 liquids pipeline after a spill into a creek in Lebanon County.

That was the 56th notice of violation the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued the project since construction began in February 2017.

The latest infringement comes as ETP waits for a decision by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on whether it can resume flows of propane and ethane through its Mariner East 1 pipeline, which could come at a meeting on June 14.

Mariner East 1 transports liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields in western Pennsylvania to customers in the state and elsewhere, including international exports from ETP's Marcus Hook complex near Philadelphia.

Most of the Mariner East 2 violations were related to spills of drilling fluid that occurred during construction using horizontal directional drilling.

Energy firms use horizontal directional drilling to burrow under obstacles like rivers, highways and train tracks.

In the latest incident, the DEP said it received notice on June 10 that one cup of drilling fluids was inadvertently spilt into Snitz Creek located in West Cornwall Township in Lebanon County about 30 miles east of Harrisburg, the state capital. That was the sixth spill into the creek between August 2017 and June 2018.

In recent weeks, analysts have noted the state seemed to be citing ETP for very small spills, likely due to increased scrutiny the Mariner project has received as it racks up a large volume of permit violations.

Overall, the company has reported 101 spills into waters in the state and 88 spills in upland regions, according to the DEP, which included some spills on both waters and upland reports.

As with many other notices of violations, the DEP said ETP must provide a report describing how it will clean the spill, among other things, before it will allow the company to restart drilling at the site.

Delays related to spills, among other things, have pushed the expected startup of the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 from the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018.

ETP has said Mariner East 2 will boost capacity of the Mariner East project from 70,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 345,000 bpd and open the pipe to suppliers in Ohio and West Virginia.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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