- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FINLEYVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Protection is negotiating a “significant” fine with Sunoco Pipeline for thousands of gallons of drilling clay that a subcontractor spilled into several western Pennsylvania creeks.

A spokesman for Philadelphia-based Sunoco isn’t commenting on comments DEP spokesman John Poister made to the (Washington) Observer-Reporter (https://bit.ly/1G0Nn9J ).

Poister says DEP officials are seeking the fine for erosion problems, and alleged failure to control the bentonite mud spills on a 53-mile natural gas pipeline that crosses Washington and Westmoreland counties.

About 5,300 gallons of the nontoxic mud leaked into Little Mingo Creek in Union Township, Washington County, on Sept. 18. It can kill fish if enough of it enters a waterway.

The fines also pertain to five other inadvertent mud spills that Poister calls “obvious clean stream violations.”

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, https://www.observer-reporter.com

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