DOWNINGTOWN—Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in conjunction with the 45th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, yesterday Office of Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Section has charged Energy Transfer, L.P. (Energy Transfer), the corporate successor to Sunoco Pipeline L.P., with 46 counts of environmental crimes for their conduct during the construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline.
Two additional counts were added, after the Grand Jury had concluded, bringing the total to 48 counts based on a criminal referral from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection.
“There is a duty to protect our air and water, and when companies harm these vital resources through negligence — it is a crime,” said AG Shapiro.
The Mariner East 2 Pipeline project crosses 17 counties in the southern tier of Pennsylvania.
In many cases, Energy Transfer repeatedly allowed thousands of gallons of drilling fluid to escape underground, as in the case of Marsh Creek Lake in Chester County in August 2020. early estimates said that 8,100 gallons of fluid spilled. Later estimates have put that number much higher: between 21,000 to 28,000 gallons of contaminated fluid that spilled into that lake.
Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan expressed her gratitude at Shaprio holding these folks accountable. She’d made a civil complaint a while back, but it wasnt’ until she reached out to Shaprio was something done.