- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is seeking more than $2.3 million in financial penalties from Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., saying talks have broken down about continued cleanup from a gasoline pipeline that leaked into a western Pennsylvania creek in 2008.

DEP spokesman John Poister tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1kAqUL5 ) the agency and Sunoco were working out a financial penalty when talks ended last month.

Instead, DEP has filed a complaint with the state’s Environmental Hearing Board seeking fines of almost $2 million, plus $400,000 to cover state cleanup and inspection costs, and to deter future violations.

Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields says the company acted “quickly, aggressively and responsibly” and disagrees that it hasn’t done enough to clean up Turtle Creek in Murrysville.

The DEP says residue from the gasoline is still in the ground.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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