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Mapping Sunoco’s drilling mud spills

View map fullscreen | How FracTracker maps work This map was created by FracTracker Alliance with data provided by the Clean Air Council. Sunoco’s pipeline construction has resulted in 90 spills at 42 distinct locations across the state, according to new information provided as part of ongoing litigation. The amount of drilling mud spilled into [...]

Democratic lawmakers ask FERC to investigate Mariner East 2 pipeline builder

Two ranking Democrats in Congress have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to further investigate the practices of pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners, which has merged with Sunoco Logistics, after spills and permit violations occurred on two of its major projects in three different states, including the Mariner East 2 pipeline here in Pennsylvania. [...]

Sunoco’s offer to Chester County residents gets mixed reviews

Sunoco has offered residents of West Whiteland Township, who had their well water tainted by a pipeline drilling accident earlier this month, lump sum payments in exchange for signing a release that would prevent them from suing the company with regard to any current or future damages related to impact to well water resulting from [...]

Delco’s Middletown fires Sunoco contractor because of conflict of interest

Delaware County’s Middletown Township fired a contractor that was doing a risk analysis of the Mariner East 2 pipeline because the company was also working for the pipeline’s builder, Sunoco. The township issued a statement on Wednesday saying it became aware that the contractor, DNV-GL, had a conflict of interest because of its relationship with [...]

Chesco advocates accuse developer of trying to muzzle free speech over toxic site

Environmentalists seeking a full cleanup of a contaminated Chester County industrial site hit back on Wednesday at a lawsuit filed by the site’s developer, Brian O’Neill, accusing him of trying to suppress opposition to the project. Delaware Riverkeeper Network, in preliminary objections to the suit, said O’Neill was seeking to “intimidate and retaliate against the [...]

New database shows pollutants in most public water systems

A new national database released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group shines a light on water quality across the U.S. The database allows users to search by zip code or their local water utility name– aggregating information from nearly 50,000 public water systems. “There is no federal organization that pulls together all these results for [...]

Invasive plant species are colonizing gas well pads, Penn State Study says

Natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania has spurred an increase in invasive species of plants colonizing lands near well pads, according to a new study by Penn State University, which was recently published in the Journal of Environmental Management. The research was funded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The study says seeds of species [...]

Remembering the Quecreek Mine Rescue 15 years later

This week marks the 15th anniversary of the Quecreek Mine Rescue. From July 24 through the 28, 2002, nine miners were trapped underground in a Somerset County coal mine. All nine men survived the 77 hour ordeal. On WITF’s Smart Talk Monday, former Governor Mark Schweiker and former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary David Hess [...]

Delco township hires Sunoco consultant to do risk analysis of Mariner East 2

Delaware County’s Middletown Township is hiring a Sunoco contractor to do a risk assessment of the company’s plan to build the Mariner East 2 pipeline through the community, prompting critics to accuse the township of using a contractor with a conflict of interest. Mark Kirchgasser, chairman of the township’s Board of Supervisors, confirmed that it [...]

DEP staffers warned superiors of dangers to private water wells from pipeline construction

A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection official waved a red flag to higher ups in January over potential issues with Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline construction on private water wells. “Though we don’t regulate it, this private well issue has the potential to really blow up…,” wrote Domenic Rocco, waterways and wetlands program manager for [...]

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