You know Energy Transfer, the big fossil-fuelers who ran the Dakota Access pipeline through East River and now are begging the Trump Court to let them keep pumping oil across our prairie, even though the approval process was illegal?
Well, they’re going to be spending more time in talking pipelines in court, this time in Pennsylvania for breaking environmental protection laws and polluting water supplies:
The corporate developer of a multi-billion-dollar pipeline system that takes natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale gas field to an export terminal near Philadelphia was charged criminally on Tuesday after a grand jury concluded that it flouted Pennsylvania environmental laws and fouled waterways and residential water supplies across hundreds of miles.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the sprawling case at a news conference at Marsh Creek State Park in Downingtown, where Sunoco Pipeline LP spilled thousands of gallons of drilling fluid last year. The spill, during construction of the troubled Mariner East 2 pipeline, contaminated wetlands, a stream and part of a 535-acre lake.
Energy Transfer, Sunoco’s owner, faces 48 criminal charges, most of them for illegally releasing industrial waste at 22 sites in 11 counties across the state. A felony count accuses the operator of willfully failing to report spills to state environmental regulators.
Shapiro said Energy Transfer ruined the drinking water of at least 150 families statewide. He released a grand jury report that includes testimony from numerous residents who accused Energy Transfer of denying responsibility for the contamination and then refusing to help [Michael Rubinkam, “Pipeline Developer Charged over Systematic Contamination,” Yahoo News, 2021.10.05].
Landowners along the Dakota Access routehttps://www.fws.gov/uploadedfiles/dapl%20ea.pdf, from Herreid to Harrisburg, you might want to keep an eye out for black water in your taps.
Of course, if that kind of shoddy work happened in South Dakota, our state Republican Party would probably call it a great success.