- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - State environmental officials in Pennsylvania have announced an $800,000 settlement with a gas pipeline company for what officials said was failure to keep sediment from running into streams in northern Pennsylvania during construction of a pipeline in 2011 and 2012.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company will pay a $210,000 penalty and fund a $540,000 program to clean up illegal dumpsites in Pike, Potter, Susquehanna and Wayne counties, as well as paying $50,000 in recovery funds to four conservation districts and the department.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline said the project began when it was a subsidiary of a different company, and erosion control devices “failed during 100-year storm events.” Tennessee Gas Pipeline said it “cooperated with and responded promptly” and “takes seriously its environmental stewardship obligations.”

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