Pipeline Company Hit With Ethics Fine

  • Scott Detrow

Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A pipeline clearing in Tioga County

An energy company building a pipeline in northeast Pennsylvania has been hit with a nearly $2,000 fine, for failing to file a quarterly lobbying report.
The Times-Tribune has more:

The state Ethics Commission levied the penalty of $1,995 against Laser Northeast Gathering Co. LLC for being nearly two months late in filing the report covering the fourth quarter of 2010. The commission approved a consent agreement with the firm earlier this week. Laser has already made payment.
The commission, which enforces the lobbyist disclosure act, considers Laser’s failure to file the report “negligent in nature.”

Laser is currently building a 30-mile pipeline in Susquehanna County. The company had initially planned on filing as a public utility, but pulled that application earlier this month. If the request had been granted by the Public Utility Commission, Laser would have been able to condemn private property to build its $55 million project. It also would have been subject to stricter safety standards.

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